January 2019 Update – MCC Denomination and MCC London

As part of our commitment to more regular, transparent and timely communication with the Congregation we want to highlight some of our recent activities. We meet bi-monthly and will provide you with the key points arising from our meetings.

The MCC London, Ontario congregation fell dramatically short in their annual pledge campaign for 2019 and Reverend Bruce Lee tendered his resignation. Discussions are on-going in terms of future.The 50th Anniversary of MCC will be celebrated at the General Conference in Orlando from July 1-5. Registration is now open at https://celebrate.mccchurch.org/. Please email office@mcctoronto.com if you plan to attend the Conference this year. Let us know if you are interested in being considered as a possible official MCC Toronto “delegate”. Delegates officially represent MCC Toronto in the Business Meetings and attend the various workshops. Delegate selection is typically made about a month before the Conference begins. Jeff is working with other pastors of large congregations to discuss leadership issues in advance of the conference.

Survey results

96 people completed our fall survey. The results are important to review, although we must be aware that they heavily reflect the views of the individuals who completed the survey: primarily older, long- term, active members of our church who typically attend the 11 am service. Over 80% of the participants were age 50 and older and the largest age demographic was the age 60-69 group. · 90% were split evenly between those who identify as male or female. · 65% have attended MCC Toronto for over 7 years· 69% are active as a volunteer at the church· 70% primarily attend the 11 am service· 76% attend 3 or more services a month We therefore need to recognize that younger, new visitors, and more periodic attendees of our church are not fully represented, nor are the folks who typically attend the 9am or 7pm services. There was a clear endorsement that the top four qualities that people value the most about MCC Toronto are:· Commitment to social justice· Music· Commitment to inclusion/diversity· Message of God’s unconditional love.

Early review of year-end financials

2018 was a year of monumental change and challenge for us at MCC Toronto with a Senior Pastor transition and a projected $54,000 budget deficit. The staff team worked hard to reduce expenses and have made difficult staffing decisions as we move into the future together. And, once again, you have chosen to be generous in your time through volunteering, participating, and in your giving. Donations in support of our Christmas Eve Service, Christmas Eve Offerings, and the year-end Christmas Appeal all significantly surpassed our expectations. The remarkably generous support of our regular and new sustained givers in 2018 resulted in a slight uptick in automated contributions over 2017. A huge THANK YOU to each of you for putting your faith, trust, and commitment into our church and its life-saving programs, and for the many ways that each of you supports our vital work. We are also extremely grateful to the late Ken Rose, a long-time congregant and champion for MCC Toronto, for the Planned Giving provisions made in his Estate. Ken’s legacy gift received in 2018 has truly been a blessing. As a result of these collective contributions, I am very pleased to announce that we ended 2018 in a good position, ahead of where we expected to be. While this is an occasion for great celebration, we must also remain diligent in addressing a long-standing structural deficit where expenses are still exceeding congregational giving excluding estate gifts. But, if we work together, we will make 2019 an even better year as we cast a vision into the future.

Lori Boyce,
Chair, Governance Committee
Co-Vice Moderator of the Board

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