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Native American Comprehensive Plan (81505-GM-NonDis-!)

A petition to the 2008 General Conference:

WHEREAS, it is the vision of The United Methodist Church that all people be invited into discipleship of Jesus Christ, and;
  
WHEREAS, Native American nations, tribes and peoples of the United States are many, diverse, culturally unique and having hundreds of languages, and;
  
WHEREAS, the Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church is the entity within the general church charged with the responsibility of working through the United Methodist connectional system in order to make Native American disciples of Jesus Christ, and;
  
WHEREAS, through the work of the Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church, many Native American persons, families, churches, and communities in the United States have been reached and served in the name of Jesus Christ, and;
  
WHEREAS, The Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church is recognized as one of the five racial/ethnic plans of the general church, and;
  
WHEREAS, the Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church, by virtue of unanimous vote by the NACP Task Force, has adopted as its mission for the 2009–2012 quadrennium the resourcing, strengthening and advocating for the local church in Native American communities for all generations, and;
  
WHEREAS, specific focus areas and objectives relating to this mission have been developed by the Native American Comprehensive Plan Task Force and are listed below, and;
  
WHEREAS, the mission, focus, and objectives of the Native American Comprehensive Plan for the quadrennium 2009–2012 relate most directly to the mission, focus and objectives of the General Board of Discipleship, and;
  
WHEREAS, the Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church strives to achieve its mission and live out its priorities in the most cost-effective, time-efficient and productive way,
  
Now, therefore, be it resolved that

The Native American Comprehensive Plan of The United Methodist Church shall continue to be developed and directed by the Native American Comprehensive Plan Task Force, and that
  
The Native American Comprehensive Plan and Task Force shall be lodged within the General Board of Discipleship, and that
  
In the 2009–2012 quadrennium, The United Methodist Church affirms and supports the Native American Comprehensive Plan mission: the resourcing, strengthening and advocating for the local church in Native American communities for all generations, and that

Within this mission statement, the NACP Task Force shall structure its work around four priority areas:
I. Developing and Supporting New, Existing and Emerging Native American
Faith Communities
II. Developing resources for New, Existing and Emerging Native American  
communities of faith
III. Developing Leadership (Clergy and Lay) within New, Existing and Emerging
Native American communities of faith
IV. Offering the Gifts of the Native American Community to All Levels of The  
United Methodist Church, and that
  
Within each of the four priority areas, specific objectives shall provide focus for the work of the NACP Task Force:
I. Developing and Supporting New and Existing Native American Worshiping and Ministering Communities
1. Assisting annual conferences in establishing new Native American churches
(to include identification of possible new fellowships/ministry sites, laying the groundwork for new congregations, connecting with Native tribes/nations/ communities, identifying resources, encouraging, supporting, troubleshooting, etc.)
2. Working with “worshiping communities” (i.e. local churches, fellowships, congregations, satellite sites, shared facilities, etc.) by offering a wide variety of services (i.e. resourcing, supporting, networking, connecting to the general church, etc.)
3. Working with “ministering communities”  (i.e. campus ministry, children’s ministry,  Indian Health Service-related, traditional Native settings, etc.) by offering a wide variety of services (i.e. resourcing, supporting, networking, connecting to the general church, etc.)
4. CONAM training on both the Jurisdictional and Annual Conference levels.
  
II. Resource Development  
1. Curriculum Development specific to Native Communities;
may include:
a. small group resources
b. Church School curriculum
c. VBS curriculum
d. age-specific materials (children, youth, young adult, adult)
e. other needs as identified
2. Identifying, empowering and deploying Native American writers, resource persons and their work products
a. Gathering of Writers II (continuation from previous quadrennium)
b. Training persons to be resources for Native churches, ministries and  
fellowships.
c. Quarterly publication for Native American churches (to include “best  
practices” from Native churches and communities, hymns, devotions, litanies, ideas for fundraising, works produced from Gathering of Writers II, etc.)    
3. Development of a new worship resource for the general church (Voices II)
4. Development of a Directory of Native American resource persons and publications available to local churches, shared in both internet and hard-copy formats
5. Development of a “virtual listening post” for Native young persons
6. Development of a comprehensive CONAM project review and resource directory to be shared within The United Methodist Church (Bishops, CONAMs, Directors of Connectional Ministries, Native Ministries, general boards and agencies, etc.)
7. Development of an internet/hard-copy network of clergy persons (both Native and non-Native) serving in Native American settings.
  
III. Developing Leadership (Clergy and Lay)
1. School of Evangelism III (with special emphasis on young people)
2. Consultation services to persons under appointment (both Native and non-Native) serving Native ministries and communities across the U.S.
3. Lay speaking school IV, with special emphasis on a youth component  
4. Lay academy with emphasis on caring and nurturing ministries/service opportunities within Native communities
5. Native American Women in Ministry Conference II
6. “Teaching, Learning, Skill-Building” Gathering—to be held every other year and to include elders, youth, child and youth workers, young adults, clergy, and intergenerational celebration in evenings  
  
IV. Offering the Gifts of the Native American Community to All Levels of UMC
1. Serving as a resource to entities within the General Church for locating and accessing Native American speakers, teachers, facilitators, presenters, etc.
2. Provision of scholarships and support for Native Americans to attend events sponsored by various entities within the UMC (Focus, Exploration, etc), with particular emphasis on young people
3. Advocating for inclusion of Native American United Methodists to serve at all levels of the UMC.
  
And be it finally resolved that the total budget request for the 2009–2012 quadrennium is $1, 208,400.  
Native American Comprehensive Plan
Quadrennial Budget 2009–2012


Annual Budget                     
General Operating Expenses             18,526
Exec. Director Salary                65,477
Exec. Director Benefits             12,800
Program Assistant Salary             42,000
Program Assistant Benefits             17,000
Exec. Director Travel                  6,619
NACP Board Meetings             28,000  
Office Rental, Insurance, Utilities            8,949
                      ______      
Total Non-Program Expense             199,371
  
Total Program Expense             102,729
                     _______      
Total Annual Budget             $302,100
  
  
                      $302,100 X 4
Total Quadrennial Budget             = $1,208,400


For additional text of this petition go to:  www.GBOD.org/gc2008

Rationale

The General Board of Discipleship has received notification that the Native American Comprehensive Plan Coordinating Committee is petitioning the General Conference 2008 to move the NACP location to the GBOD.  The GBOD submits this petition in support of this request from NACP.