Some information in a May 2012 Advocate story on the Plentiful Harvest initiative needs correction.
The goal of Plentiful Harvest is to plant 100 new faith communities and revitalize 300 existing congregations over the next four years.
There are two staff positions envisioned in Plentiful Harvest, one focused on revitalization of existing congregations and the other on developing new faith communities.
Congregational revitalization will be the focus of the Rev. Aaron Bouwen, who currently serves as pastor at First United Methodist Church, Cortland (Finger Lakes District). Effective July 1, 2012, he will be appointed to serve half time as Director of Vital Congregations and half time as co-pastor at First United Methodist Church in Liverpool (Crossroads District).
The strategic plan to developnew faith communities will be led by the Director of New Faith Communities.
Director of New Faith Communities is a full-time position that, if funding is approved, will begin Jan. 1 2013. A nationwide search will be conducted to fill that position.
Developing training on planting and revitalization for clergy and laity will be one of the primary responsibilities of the new Director of New Faith Communities.