June News Regarding the Foundry Management Board

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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

Congregation elects new Foundry Management Board members

The Foundry congregation approved on June 7 a slate of candidates to replace nearly half of the nine-person Management Board.

The four new board members – Cheryl Gibbs, Matt Hansen, Gwen Williamson and Sam Kilpatrick – will begin their terms on July 1. They assume the seats of Jill Barker, Bill McLeod, Nicole Woo and Larry Slagle, who have concluded their service on the board.

The Board’s Governance Committee recommended the candidates to the Board. The Board approved the candidates at its May 26 meeting and presented them as a slate to be voted up-or- down by the congregation. In prior years, Board candidates were selected individually through contested elections.

“The slate was commendable,” said Board member Paula Blair. “It was very balanced in many ways. It warmed my heart.”

But she said that the board would have to be ready to respond to reaction about the change in the Board selection process. The Board approved the change to a slate system earlier this year. Senior Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli encouraged the Board to make the switch, based on feedback she heard in last year’s house meetings with the congregation.

“We need a script,” Blair said. “The question is coming.”

In a May 29 letter to the congregation, Management Board President Dan Vock solicited comments about the new approach to filling Board seats.

“We recognize that this is our first year operating under this system, and there is room for improvement,” Vock wrote. “We look forward to hearing your feedback, so we can develop an even better process next year.”

In the May Board meeting, Vock indicated that Foundry is just beginning to overhaul the way it identifies and cultivates people for all kinds of church leadership roles.

“We have a long way to go on leadership development,” Vock said.


Foundry runs $37,000 deficit; seeks to fix carpet problem

Foundry board member Louise Franklin said that the church was running a $37,000 deficit for the year, but indicated that there’s no cause for alarm.

“We’re still within the margin that [the] Finance [Committee] and Stewardship [Ministry Team] find acceptable, given historic trends,” Franklin said. The church normally receives a disproportionately large amount of its giving in the Christmas holiday season, so deficits earlier in the year are common.

Meanwhile, Foundry will try to avoid paying unexpected costs in its Mission Possible building renovation, Executive Pastor and Chief of Staff Dawn Hand told the Board.

Some of the new carpeting in the sanctuary will have to be repaired in order to fix a problem with the wiring for Foundry’s hearing aid system. Hand said that she is insisting the hearing loop and carpet representatives get together to remedy the $18,000 cost of replacing the carpet.

“We’re not budging,” Hand said.


Board approves reimbursement for Hand

In an unrelated move, the Board approved at a May 5 meeting an $1,180 expenditure from the church’s operating reserves to reimburse Hand for legal expenses incurred between October 2014 and February “during the course of performing her duties,” a board resolution states. Details of Hand’s case were not disclosed.


Written by Mark Schoeff Jr. on behalf of the Foundry Mission Possible Communications Team.