The Evangelist Service Team (EST) has been hard at work during 2017 on many projects. We met together twice (Dallas and Chicago) as well as many phone calls, emails, etc., organized several projects, and are excited about what God may bring in the next few months.
ICOC 3.0 – Our main focus has been ICOC 3.0 this year. At our annual Spring Leadership Meetings of the Evangelists, Elders, Women, Chairmen, Teachers, and Administrators Service Teams in Dallas, a set of 20 questions got us talking around the world about the ICOC and our direction going forward. The meeting went so well that we asked for input from the leadership of our 34 families of churches.
These proposals will be discussed by the service teams in Orlando in March of 2018 and then sent out for discussion and input from all Delegates and church leaders. Lord willing, we will all vote on these proposals in Panama at our Delegates meeting in October 2018. Here are the five topics:
Global Missions – We currently have 14 Mission Societies functioning independently of each other. Two proposals are being worked on. One proposal would ask all 14 Mission Societies to work together with a “Missions Task Force,” coordinating meetings, efforts, and cooperation. The other proposal would have the Mission Societies continue to work independently of each other, with any coordination being voluntary.
Conflict Resolution – Two proposals are being prepared. One proposal would form regional conflict resolution bodies, using our regional family of churches to resolve conflicts. The second proposal calls for a global group to work with our regional families of churches to help resolve conflicts that occur between different regions.
Finance – Should we have centralized funding for the ICOC? Currently, the ICOC has no office or bank account. We can’t pay for anything centrally. The proposal will allow us to set up centralized funding for minimal needs.
Communication – It seems that almost everyone wants to improve our communication. Should we have centralized funding to invest in communication? Should we brand our larger websites? The communication task force is preparing various proposals.
Structures – This topic certainly had the most interest in Chicago. Three proposals are being drawn up for presentation in Orlando. The three proposals address the delegates, a steering committee, and making our structures more effective.
For detailed information on these proposals, click here.
To see the HotNews summary video, click here.
To see a video of all the messages in Chicago, click here.
Besides ICOC 3.0, the EST is also busy organizing events like the upcoming World Discipleship Summit in Orlando. The EST also is working hard to organize and help our Mission Societies. In collaboration with the other Service Teams and Chairmen, we plan the program for the annual Spring Leadership meetings and the annual Delegates Meetings, and the bi-annual International Leadership Conference.
In the midst of such an ambitious agenda, we in the committee would humbly ask for your prayers as we press forward in service of our Lord.
Secretary – EST
The Evangelist Service Team (click here for the selection process)