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Western Yearly Meeting
of Friends Church


203 S. East St., Plainfield, IN 46168
(317)839-2789       (800)909-3452

Friends Churches and Meetings in Indiana and Illinois

Purpose Statement

Seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Western Yearly Meeting equips Friends Meetings in the Gospel of Jesus Christ by exercising mutual care and extending cooperative ministries.

Through various expressions of our Christian faith, we strive to inspire ministry and the release of gifts of leadership.

News:

9/24 2014

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Kingdom. Mission. Passion.
December 28-January 1
San Diego, CA

Summit 2014 is all about the movement. The movement among young adult Friends. The church movement. The Kingdom. Summit is a national conference for young adults to experience how the reality of God's kingdom is calling the Friends Church in mission and engaging us with passion. Kingdom. Mission. Passion.

Summit is a conference that is designed around conversations that will celebrate and fuel the movement. Our stories provoke the conversation. Conversations that capture the imagination. Conversations that draw out our passion for the mission of the Kingdom. From engaging worship sessions to quiet moments of prayer, from teaching to discussion groups, from Coffee House themes to simple moments with a friend, Summit will host conversations that shape the church. Conversations that could change your life!

Sundesmos has up to 8 partial scholarships and funds for adult sponsors. Contact Pat Byers ASAP.

Details and Registration: http://friendssummit.com/

WYM Financial Aid: Financial Aid Application

11/3 2014

Pastoral Ministry Excellence Initiative

The Western Yearly Meeting Pastoral Ministry Excellence (WYM-PME) project was started with a grant from the Lilly Endowment as part of its Economic Challenges Facing Indiana Pastors (ECFIP) initiative. The initial grant and the sustainability grant, both from Lilly Endowment, were received by Western Yearly Meeting with the understanding that the yearly meeting would work toward achieving the following goals:

1. Inform congregational leaders about the economic conditions pastors face.
WYM-PME is accomplishing this goal through providing workshops as well as sharing information and resources. Look for an increased emphasis on this goal in 2015.

2. Provide financial educational programs for clergy.
Each year at the Pastors' Winter Gathering a financial education program has been an essential component of the retreat. Additional opportunities for financial education were provided in 2014 and will continue in 2015.

3. Create a pool of funds to address identified needs so pastors can prosper.
-The identified needs for pastors in WYM are for economic support in health care and retirement costs as well as ongoing financial education. The three programs of WYM- PME are addressing these needs through HEALTH SAVING GRANTS, RETIREMENT GRANTS, and EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT of the Pastors' Winter Gathering and Training and Recording classes.

-Through the leadership of the WYM- PME Sustainability Task Group, the yearly meeting has raised $39,507.69 (as of 9/30/2014) toward the goal of $100,000 to continue to address these needs. The yearly meeting has also designated funds from the Bone Leadership Fund to support this work.

4. Build financial and organizational resources to sustain the initiative.
The WYM-PME Sustainability Task Group, the Spiritual Life sub-committee of WYM Board on Christian Ministries and Evangelism and PME Project Director (Della Stanley-Green) are focusing attention in these two areas while also making sure that the current fundraising and program elements continue.

The Lilly Endowment provided initial funding. The Yearly Meeting is undertaking a fundraising program to make the program self-sustaining. Please help our pastors by supporting the PME program.

More Information:

2015 Grant Application Form for Pastors (available in December)

PME Program Summary

PME Fund Raising Program

PME Frequently Asked Questions

PME Giving Chart

7/24 2014

2014 Western Yearly Meeting
Quaker Lecture and Morning Devotions

Norval Reece

Listen to the Quaker Lecture delivered by Norval Reece on Thursday evening, July 17th. (50:00)

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Listen to the Morning Devotions from Eden Grace:

Thursday, July 17th (45:00)

Friday, July 18th (28:00)

Saturday, July 19th (31:00)

Sunday, July 20th (26:00)

Discussion Questions for the Devotionals - .pdf format / .docx format

10/11 2011

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Nurture Questionnaire
WYM Board on Meeting Development
and Nurture

The Western Yearly Meeting Board on Meeting Development and Nurture is looking for ways to carry out the "nurture" part of its responsibilities. Faith and Practice calls for the Board "to be an extensive resource to existing meetings within the yearly meeting."

Anytime you are looking for guidance, want to know what other Meetings are doing to reach others, or just want to discuss some growth ideas, we invite you to complete the questionnaire and enter into a discussion with the Board.
NOTE: Board meetings are third Saturdays of January, May and September. If you are submitting a questionnaire please send at least two weeks prior to each scheduled meeting.

Link to Questionnaire

Also see information about MD&N Growth Grants on the Resource Page.

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