Bishop Phil Whipple leading the ELT meeting, as his administrative assistant, Cathy Reich, takes notes.

The Executive Leadership Team met October 11-12 in Huntington, Ind. The ELT, the highest governing body between meetings of the US National Conference, meets twice a year to handle business. There are 13 members: Bishop Phil Whipple (chairman), 8 persons elected by the National Conference, and 4 persons appointed by the ELT itself.

The bishop and the various directors all presented one-page bulleted reports. Here are some items from Bishop Phil Whipple’s written and verbal report to the ELT:

  • Bishop Whipple, often accompanied by his wife Sandy, traveled over 44,000 miles during his first year as bishop. He has been in 87 of our approximately 200 churches in the United States.
  • The church in Lansing, Mich., will close October 24. All assets will be given to a Lansing restart project headed by Tim Flickinger, former senior pastor of Fowlerville UB (Fowlerville, Mich.). It is not known yet if the building will be sold.
  • Andy Sikora has begun planting a new church in Berea, Ohio.
  • Another new work is Eternal Waters, located in southern Ohio. They report decisions and baptisms. This self-supporting work requires no funds from the denomination. Their founder, Allen Layne, is employed fulltime and takes no salary.
  • The denomination now owns the property of Fountain Hills Community Church (Fountain Hills, Ariz.). That church closed in the fall of 2009. The former congregation had outstanding loans with both the denomination and Global Ministries. The building underwent some significant repairs and is now being leased to an independent congregation called Four Peaks Church. Bishop Whipple will visit Fountain Hills in January 2011 to meet with the Four Peaks elder team.
  • Two churches were closed: Central UB (Rohersville, Md.), and Convoy (Convoy, Ohio).
  • Felida Christian Fellowship, our church in Vancouver, Wash., withdrew from the denomination. They are becoming a satellite campus for Summit View Church, a megachurch in Vancouver.
  • “We must do a better job of developing leaders among our pastors and help them to raise up leaders in their congregations.”
  • “I believe that God has great things in store for us as a body of churches together. Let’s lift up our eyes and look to the God who is more than able to accomplish more than I can dream of. Let’s move forward in faith believing that he is going to do a new thing, with or without us, but he delights in doing it in the hearts of those who are willing to trust him fully.”

The Executive Leadership Team approved the 2011 minimum fulltime salary formula for United Brethren ministers.

  • The recommendation includes a base salary of $36,500 (a 1.1% increase from 2010). That is a starting point.
  • Other factors–such as experience, education, church attendance, staff size–add to the base salary.
  • Benefits such as parsonage, utilities, SECA, insurance, and pension round out the compensation package.

To be a fulltime pastor, the compensation package must meet all of these criteria in full. If a church cannot meet these guidelines, a pastor may pursue supplemental employment to achieve the compensation level.

You can read the current compensation recommendation on the UB website.

In January and February 2011, a series of work teams will head to Jamaica’s Malvern Camp to help rebuild the dining hall/activity center. Global Ministries agreed to cooperate with Jamaica Conference in a 50/50 partnership to provide volunteers and finances. Raymond Johnston of Golden Springs UB in Kingston, Jamaica, will oversee the project. Scott Hughes of Mainstreet UB in Walbridge, Ohio, will oversee the teams sent from North America. That’s him in the video above.

These dates remain available for volunteers:

January 22- 29
January 29 – February 5
February 5-12
February 12-19

We’re looking for team leaders and about 7-8 people per week. Cost per person will be $225 plus airfare to and from Montego Bay.

Contact Donna Hollopeter for more information.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. Many churches use this month to recognize their pastor and do something special to show their love. What is your church doing?

Many United Brethren churches send children to summer camp at Camp Cotubic, the former UB camp in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Here are the dates for the summer 2011 camps, so you can plan ahead:

June 12-17: Teen Challenge Camp (grades 7-12).
June 26 – July 1: Discovery camp (grades 5-6).
July 17-21: Voyager Camp (grades 2-4).

Chick Fil-A is chipping in to help with a unique fundraiser for Camp Cotubic in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

On Tuesday, October 26, the Chick Fil-A at the Jefferson Pointe mall in Fort Wayne, Ind., will donate to the camp 15% of all sales made 5-7 pm. Friends of the camp will be on hand to clean tables, greet friends, and answer questions about the camp. So if you live in the Fort Wayne area, head on over to Jefferson Pointe.

Members from Zanesville UB church (Zanesville, Ind.) arranged this event. Note: the Jefferson Point Chick Fil-A is the only location participating in this promotion for the camp.

In fall 2008, Munster, Ind., and other northwest Indiana communities were greatly affected by a flood that damaged more than 18,000 homes and businesses. Some were lucky, regaining their homes within a matter of weeks. Others were not.

A group of eight Huntington University students and one staff adviser will be traveling to Munster from October 15-19 during fall break to rebuild and tear down houses that were greatly affected by the flooding. The team will work with LARRI (Lakeshore Area Regional Recovery of Indiana), a local relief organization, as well as ArcBridges to do some site maintenance to its building and to a few other residential buildings.

“We are going on this trip because it is important to serve God and serve others through service,” said Zach Keller, a junior math and math education double major from Portland, Ind. “The Munster area is still in need of clean up, and we are very excited to be able to help with that.”

The trip is sponsored by Huntington University’s Joe Mertz Center for Volunteer Service.

Paul Hirschy, who served as bishop 2001-2005, dealt with lymphoma cancer during his years as bishop and and before. Now his cancer has returned. He will begin chemo treatments on Thursday, October 21, and it will continue over a period of months.

You can send cards to:

Paul Hirschy
5493 North Goshen Rd
Huntington, IN  46750

Dr. Lloyd and Carol Spencer

On October 10, Faith United Brethren Church in Christ Church in Jamaica held a service in honor and appreciation of Dr. Lloyd and Carol Spencer. Clergymen from within and outside the denomination, family, friends, and members of various local churches came from the entire island, and some from as far as Canada, to show their appreciation for the Spencers.

The service was filled with tributes, each one capturing some aspect of their over 50 years in ministry. They were presented with a citation and various gifts, after which they responded and Rev. Donald Dacres prayed for them.

After the service, a reception was held during which many individuals gave their open tributes.

Billy Simbo sent this update o his wife, Mamei, on Saturday, October 9.

“Mamei has gradually woken up from the anesthesia and is now opening her eyes and responding to our presence. More importantly yesterday afternoon (Friday) I received a call and report from the Cardiac Surgeon who performed the operation. He said he was pleased with the progress Mamei was making with her recovery Post-Op, and all the vital signs had positive indications. He told me we would still not rule out a stroke until she is fully awake and follows commands and tests.

As I write this she is still on the ventilator and is receiving dialysis. They hope to wean her off the machines gradually. Ahead for her is a long road of recovery and physical therapy.

As you have prayed before, we now ask you to focus your prayers on the following:

  1. That Mamei would get off the ventilator and breathe on her own.
  2. That she would gain the strength and the determination to begin doing those physical therapy exercises that are so vital for her recovery. Movement they say is very crucial right away or she will run the risk of developing pneumonia.
  3. Pray for timely recovery from the intensive care unit to the next phase of her treatment. The original plan was 3-4 days.
  4. Continue to pray for strength and endurance for the rest of the family. I have really appreciated all of you who have mentioned this in your cards, emails and phone calls. The rest of us need to be well, so we can attend to Mamei’s needs.