The Vision Forward Team is inviting ALL members of the New England Conference to dream about our future together!
As we prepare for the 2023 May district conferences and the June annual conference session, we're crowdsourcing ideas through the Provocative Proposal Challenge during the month of March.
Share your big wish, bold dream, or whacky idea with the Vision Forward Team. Together, we're "advancing the strategic imagination of the New England Conference and becoming the beloved community."
The Vision Forward Team is “crowdsourcing” Provocative Proposals that will help advance the vision, mission, and ministry of the people called United Methodist in New England.
The Vision Forward Team was created by the 2021 Annual Conference in order “to advance the strategic imagination and mission for the Annual Conference.”
The 2022 Annual Conference adopted this draft Vision Statement: Local churches and individuals are valued, empowered, and equipped to connect strengths and assets to build God's beloved community.
The proposals from throughout the Conference will contribute to the Vision Forward Team’s recommendations to the 2023 Annual Conference.
1. Proposes system-wide change
2. Supports innovation in local ministries
3. Speaks to the larger vision of the New England Conference
4. Reflects our values and commitment to intersectional justice, healing, and building trust
5. Stimulates excitement, discomfort ... and even anger
6. Addresses a particular concern or problem
The 2022 Annual Conference adopted two critical pieces of legislation:
A member of the Vision Forward Team may follow up with you with questions or to seek
The Vision Forward Team will consider the proposals with these questions in mind: