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World Methodist Council

Byrd Bonner, Executive Director of the UMC Foundation, was in London last week working with the World Methodist Council.  He reports:  “Achieving the Vision” is an endowment campaign with a goal of $20 million for the World Methodist Council. Almost $5 million has been received from member communions, churches and donors. At the World Methodist Conference in Durban, South Africa in August 2011 I was elected to chair the Achieving the Vision Committee. Its responsibility is the oversight of the investment of the funds received. During the last year, the fund has exceeded its benchmark by 2%. I have assembled a committee for this oversight with members from the AME, Methodist Church of Southern Africa and the UMC. The committee has worked diligently over the last year and a half to write and update new investment and spending policies.

The big outcome of the London meeting of the World Methodist Council was the approval of those policies. Inasmuch as the WMC has no current development staff, the ATV committee will also now devote some attention to the further development of the ATV fund, including a commitment approved at the Durban World Methodist Conference for each member communion to support the ATV endowment in an amount equal to 50¢ per member by 2016.”

He had some time to visit with “John Wesley.”