Foundry Management Board Approves Staff Realignment

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Foundry Management Board, a nine-person elected group, meets monthly to discuss and make decisions regarding the management of the church. This report covers the March 2015 meeting.


The Foundry Management Board on March 24 authorized the hiring of two new full-time members of the staff to implement the congregational vision that emerged from recent house meetings, retreats, and holy conversations.

In anticipation of the departure of Associate Pastor Theresa S. Thames to serve as senior pastor of Cheverly UMC in June, the Board approved realigning the church staff. The proposed realignment will provide one staff member to lead Foundry’s ministries to children, youth and families, and another to develop Foundry’s ministries in the area of challenging study for adults and congregational care.

To fund these changes, the Board approved a special one-time withdrawal of up to $75,000 from Foundry’s operating reserves.  The expenditure will not drop operating reserves below what the board has stipulated as a minimum of 20 percent of the approved annual operating budget.

The board also reviewed the 2015 budget for church operations, now increased to $1,965,000. The budget will be balanced by anticipated revenues from the stewardship campaign and other sources plus the allocation from the reserves.

Other areas discussed by the board:

  • Ginger Gaines-Cirelli will be a candidate from the Baltimore Washington Conference to serve as a delegate (if elected) to 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, to be held in Oregon.
  • The Nominations Committee is seeking a slate of three candidates for election to the board and will be actively recruiting over the next two months.
  • The pastoral report noted that total attendance at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services averaged 439 for the four Sundays in February, compared to 502 for the same period in 2014, a decline attributed largely to inclement weather this year. Online streaming attracted 298 viewers during the month, an average of 75 per Sunday.

 Submitted by Stan Wellborn on behalf of the Mission Possible Communications Team.