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National Cooperative Ministry Leadership (80419-GM-R51)

Revise Resolution 51 as follows:
  
51    National Cooperative Parish Ministry Leadership Team National Cooperative Ministry Leadership

Whereas, the Sixth National Cooperative Parish Ministry Consultation convened in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 13-16, 2003, with 376 persons in attendance; and
  
Whereas, the National Cooperative Parish Ministry Leadership Team, composed of persons from both town/rural and urban settings coordinated the event along with representatives from the General Board of Global Ministries, the General Board of Discipleship, and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns; and,
  
Whereas, the Sixth Consultation included United Methodists as well as ecumenical partners who serve rural and urban cooperative parish ministries in a variety of multiracial settings;
  
Whereas, the Consultation included help-shops, briefings, panels, plenary addresses, power-point presentations, networking, and witnessing, all of which were highly affirmed as serving of great value to the ministry of United Methodist charges, single churches, circuits, and cooperative projects, ministries, and parishes; and,
  
Whereas, the effectiveness of cooperative projects, ministries, and parishes for the purposes of congregational nurturing, outreach to communities of the poor and marginalized, and witnessing to Christian commitments in rural, urban and suburban communities  was affirmed; and has long been recognized affirmed; and  
  
Whereas, The United Methodist Church is experiencing a decline in the number of ordained clergy persons and will need to find ways to enlist and train persons for new models of ministry, among such models being those that will seek to work in cooperatives projects, ministries, and parishes;
  
Therefore, be it resolved, that the General Board of Global Ministries, the General Board of Discipleship, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns be called upon to work together to provide leadership for the continued development of the delivery of cooperative forms of ministry to the United Methodist Church and ecumenically;

Therefore, be it resolved, that the National Cooperative Parish Ministry Leadership Team be commended for its planning and leading of the Sixth Consultation on Cooperative Projects, Ministries, and Parishes:  has developed throughout the 2001-2004 quadrennium; and,
  
Be it further resolved, that the general boards and agencies, the annual conferences, districts, and local churches of The United Methodist Church be called on to implement processes that will eventuate in understandings of how to initiate needed cooperative projects, ministries, and parishes and to facilitate their movement toward local and global mission and ministry ; and,  .

Be it further resolved,
that appreciation be conveyed to the General Board of Global Ministries, the General Board of Discipleship, and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns for their financial support and active participation; and
  
Be it further resolved, that these boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church be called on to continue providing encouragement and financial support for the ongoing work of the National Cooperative Parish Ministry Leadership Team; and,
  
Be it further resolved, that The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry be requested also to collaborate with the National Cooperative Parish Ministry Leadership Team in its work; and

Be it further resolved,
that the General Board of Global Ministries, the General Board of Discipleship, the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry be called upon to under gird the National Cooperative Parish Ministry Leadership Team as it prepares a
  Seventh Consultation on Cooperative Projects, Ministries and Projects for the 2005-2008 quadrennium.

Adopted 2004