1:37 PM – Back from lunch for the Third Plenary, with a report of the ballot for clergy on the Consultation Committee. The Rev. Tom Knoll and the Rev. Jeanne Lowe were elected.
The Rev. Phil Hirsch, Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop, reported that a few congregations have combined or are considering forming new partnerships. Thirty percent of the congregations in our synod are facing decreasing finances, which is more than those with declining membership. To help us grow in number and as a “force of good in the world,” Lori Pitts, a young adult member of the synod staff, was asked to conduct a survey of all Metro D.C. Synod websites. A report of this survey will be sent to each congregation with recommendations and advice.