FRLC Board Meeting Minutes
Thursday, January 9, 2020
1:00 pm MDT/2:00 pm CDT/12:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT
Present: Beth, Tom, Bohdan, Ed, Karen and Melanie. Kirk had a death in the family.
Check In & Prayer: Tom prayed.
Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting MSP to accept them.
Treasurer’s report was received by email. The full payment to Transfiguration LC for Ed’s time for the 2019 Conference was paid. There was a discussion of which account certain deposits should be credited to. Beth will review these with Louise.
Coordinator’s report His focus has been on developing the Addiction & Faith Advisory Team. They have had two meetings that were three hours long with energetic, enthusiastic discussions. They worked on the decision regarding Addiction & Faith becoming its own 501C3, the name, “Center for Addiction and Faith”, and their purpose will be a ministry to educate, inspire and equip congregations to do addiction ministry. Their centerpiece will be the annual Addiction and Faith conference. They envision the Center being a think tank where addiction and theology meet with blogs, podcasts, tools and resources. There are websites that do some of this resource work but not with faith perspective or ecumenically. They feel like there is a need for this. They are aiming to develop an annual budget of $150,000.
He is in conversation with consulting firm whose mission is to help non-profits change the world. He found them looking for a grant writer. They are preparing a bid on how they could help develop the Center, including options for grant writing, applying for 501C3 status, fundraising strategies, helping refine the proposal, identifying prospective grants, and prospect development.
Ed drafted some material for the A & F Advisory meetings, which he will send it to us after updating it. It includes a rough draft for a website for the Center for Addiction and Faith, which would be distinct from the Conference website and could serve as the umbrella for all the resources. There is a lot of writing to do for the website. He met with graphic designer for an initial discussion.
As he looked at existing resources on addiction, he found the Center On Addiction. This existing organization is incredibly well-funded and endorsed, with tens of millions of dollars. They are a think tank that does studies and research but there is not a mention of faith anywhere in their materials. Ed reached out to them, anticipating that he would learn more about this program and their resources and to build relationships with them.
The A & F Advisory team also discussed the question of whether or not to do a conference this year. It would be feasible if we could get the resources and hire people to put it on and difficult if Ed has to do it all himself. This ministry has totally been based on stepping out in faith, so he’s going to pick dates and move ahead with it. The people who attend are the foundation and platform for the ministry. The plan would be for it to be under the auspices of the Center for Addiction and Faith, although if they don’t have the 501C3 yet, the FRLC may do it again.
He will be sending out information to the FRLC membership about the Rostered Leaders Gathering. There will be no formal FRLC retreat but Ed asked been asked to lead a workshop about the Fellowship and there will be informal gatherings for our group.
Discussion turned to the future of the FRLC. Support for clergy is identified as a need, both by the A & F Advisory group and last year’s conference participants. Do we want to expand to include lay people like RMEC? Ed looked into options for an FRLC cruise retreat—prices are good in October but it would be difficult to do a fall cruise if we do the A & F Conference. Do we want to extend an invitation to lay people to make it more viable? It would be more of a fellowship event like our past retreats. Melanie recalls the original purpose of the FRLC was to support clergy in recovery, to convey a message that the Lutheran church supports recovery and to be a resource to spouses and congregations dealing with alcoholic clergy. (Following the meeting, she looked at the current website and saw that it was updated to:
- Support clergy recovering from addiction.
- Clearly convey how the Lutheran Church supports clergy in recovery, especially those who are new to recovery.
- Provide ways for recovering clergy to contact and connect with other clergy in recovery.
It was suggested we discuss our current view of the purpose of the Fellowship at next month’s meeting.
Another question is whether there is a possibility of funding for the FRLC from the Addiction & Faith Conference (if it happens) this year.
Melanie thanks those who sent updated information for the Board list. Please review it and send her corrections and complete information where needed.
Karen closed the meeting in prayer.
Next meeting: Thursday, February 6, 2019
1:00 pm MDT/2:00 pm CDT/12:00 pm PDT/3:00 pm EDT
Call in number: 712-832-8330 Access code: 5901674#