Reports to the Thirty-first General Synod

1. Report Regarding the Covenanted Ministry Governing Documents

The proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of each of the Covenanted Ministries are being presented to the delegates of General Synod to fulfill the requirements of those governing documents that amendments to certain articles and paragraphs be presented to General Synod even though General Synod does not vote on them. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to make these governing documents consistent with the United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws should General Synod vote to enact the proposed amendments to the United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws. The proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the Covenanted Ministries will be voted upon by the Board of Directors of each of the Covenanted Ministries (the United Church of Christ Board of Directors) at the October 2017 United Church of Christ Board Meeting, providing General Synod votes to enact the proposed amendments to the United Church of Christ Constitution and Bylaws.

Amended Articles of Incorporation of Justice and Witness Ministries
Bylaws of the Corporation: Justice and Witness Ministries
Local Church Ministries Bylaws & Articles of Incorporation
Amended Articles of Organization of Wider Church Ministries
Bylaws of the Corporation: Wider Church Ministries

2. First Report of the General Synod Nominating Committee

By unanimous vote, the Thirtieth-first General Synod Nominating Committee has selected the following 12 members of the United Church of Christ for nomination as members at-large and is placing their names for election before the Thirtieth-first General Synod, meeting June 30-July 4, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland for election to the United Church of Christ Board of Directors.

These outstanding individuals will join the other 24 members at large and the 16 ex officio members now serving.

Each person that came before the Nominating Committee was carefully and individually considered and references for each candidate were checked. The Committee was blessed with a deep and rich pool of nominees of superior ability, attributes, skills and experience. With the election of these highly-qualified members of the United Church of Christ we succeed in exceeding the diversity requirement for the Board of Directors, as outlined in the Bylaws.

The members of the Committee give thanks to God for the quality and dedication of the members of the Church it had to choose from and it is with high esteem that we present these outstanding individuals for election to the United Church of Christ Board of Directors.

Rev. Dan De Leon
Chair-The Thirtieth-first General Synod Nominating Committee
February 21, 2017

Candidates Nominated for Election to the United Church of Christ Board of Directors
Demographic Make-up of the United Church of Christ Board of Directors for the 2017-2019 Biennium

3. Report of the Special Committee on Selection

By unanimous vote, the Special Committee on Selection has chosen the following five members of the United Church of Christ for nomination and election to the General Synod Nominating Committee by the Thirty-first General Synod, meeting June 30-July 4, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.

These outstanding individuals will join the other nine members, now serving, elected by Synod to a six year term. They, along with two others from the Board of Directors and appointed by the Chair of the Board of Directors to two-year terms, will comprise the General Synod Nominating Committee for the 2017-2019 biennium.

Each person who came before the Special Committee was carefully and individually considered. The Special Committee was blessed with an abundance of highly skilled and faithful members of the United Church of Christ, willing to serve on this all-important body. With the election of these highly-qualified members of the United Church of Christ, we succeed in not only meeting the diversity requirement of the General Synod Nominating Committee as outlined in the Bylaws, but also providing for a truly outstanding and gifted group of leaders to handle this important work of the Church.

The demographic composition of the 2017-2019 General Synod Nominating Committee is linked below the biographies of the nominees.

The members of the Special Committee on Selection give thanks to all those who put forth their names for consideration.

Members of the Special Committee on Selection
Dale Bonds-Chair, United Church of Christ Board of Directors
Frank Bolden-Vice Chair, United Church of Christ Board of Directors
Geoff Brace-Governance Committee Chair, United Church of Christ Board of Directors
Caroline Belsom-Governance Committee Vice Chair, United Church of Christ Board of Directors

Candidates Selected for Election to the General Synod Nominating Committee
Demographic Make-up of the General Synod Nominating Committee for the 2017-2019 Biennium