Dear Pastors and congregation chairpersons,
The December meeting of the Nebraska District board of directors serves as the time for the board to officially adopt a new fiscal-year budget. Although I occasionally joke about the “excitement” of such a task, it is one of the board’s most important responsibilities.
By the time the December board meeting arrives each year, extensive budget preparation will already have been done by district staff, led by Paul Pettit, district treasurer. The board’s finance committee then spends a day going through the budget in detail (I might add that there’s about 40 pages of financial data that is part of the annual budget). The finance committee only makes a recommendation to the board after it is satisfied that it is a budget worthy of support.
Among the many items reviewed and discussed are congregational remittances, salaries for district staff, mission and ministry needs and opportunities, remittances to the Synod office and much more. I would note that the Nebraska District again will be among the top five districts in the LCMS in terms of financial support for the Synod even though our district is not in the top five in terms of size. We’re so pleased to be able to support our Synod’s important work in that way.
Besides the budget, what else did the board take up at its December meeting?
• Welcomed Andrew Rohwer, DCE at Holy Cross Lutheran in Kearney, as a new commissioned minister member of the board. He succeeds Rhonda Burk, who recently resigned from the board.
• Reviewed reports from a consultant who is working with the Nebraska district board to help evaluate district ministry property needs and uses as we look to the future. This is an exciting and important task for the board in the months to come.
• Continued its work on a new policies and practices manual for the district board.
• Discussed congregational visits made by board members and plans for more in the future.
It continues to be my privilege to serve as the Nebraska District board chairman. Please know that you all are represented by board members who are steadfast in their faith and committed to furthering the Lord’s work here in Nebraska in any way possible.
Have a blessed Christmas.
Board Chairman, Nebraska District LCMS Board of Directors