Board Moves Forward in New Year

Happy New Year to all!  The IKC Board of Directors looks forward to another progressive year as we continue working toward living into our Dreams and Visions.  The Board meets on Feb. 9 and some of the items on the agenda include:

Constitution and By-Laws Update.
Pastors and congregations will be receiving information on these proposed changes in the coming months.
New UCC Giving Protocols. As the national church reconfigures its understanding of philanthropy and stewardship, this will inevitably change how conferences understand their own resources.  
Full Communion with United Church of Canada. The 2019 General Synod will see a ratification of the full communion between the UCC and UC of Canada.  We will vote as a conference on this.
Conference Staffing Model. Our Designated Conference Minister is working diligently to unfold a staffing structure that will take us past June as a conference.  He will update us on the progress.
Annual Staff Evaluations. All staff will have had their evaluation and the personnel committee will report on the status of each.
2018 Annual Gathering Planning. As the team continues to plan, the Board will meet with the Chair to secure and agree upon a proposed cost for registration.

The Board will meet the evening prior to the Board meeting for training with the General Counsel for the United Church of Christ, Heather Kimmel. This training will provide an opportunity for us to understand board governance, nominations, legal issues, and implementing vision.  This will also give new Board members continued orientation and a time of fellowship.  

We encourage you to be in contact with Board members and help us understand how we can support your local churches, associations and be in continued covenant with the greater UCC world. You may contact the board generally by emailing Board Chair Joyce Smidley at or

Best wishes for a wonderful year.  We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Gathering this year at Friedens UCC in Indianapolis, May 31 Education Day and Gathering June 1-2.

Joyce Smidley
Board Chair