Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Back row, left to right: Carolyn Gillespie, Danny Dale, Rocky Brock, Ron Teague - Front row, left to right: Norma Mooney, Ken Greiner, Nicci Nauman, Stacy MacDonald, Bob Coffey

2018 Leadership Team

Stacy MacDonald - Chairperson - leadership@kearneyfumc.org

Nicci Nauman

Norma Mooney

Ken Greiner

Carolyn Gillespie 

Ron Teague 

Danny Dale

Rocky Brock

Bob Coffey 

Spencer Smith - Pastor

Leadership Meeting Minutes

December 17 Leadership Team meeting 7pm

Attendance: Spencer Smith, Stacy MacDonald, Danny Dale, Carolyn Gillespie, Rocky Brock, Ken Greiner, Sherry Oxandale, Bob Coffey, Nicci Nauman, Norma Mooney, Maggie Pope, Mike Gonzales and Mary Thomas 

1.    Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development – Stacy

Stacy opened in prayer. 

Stacy then shared the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer 

How does this relate to us as a church?

Thoughts were shared both from a church perspective and also from a personal perspective and how that relates to the church.


2.    Vision and Goal Related Business – 

How did we do in 2018?

What did we neglect?

Where did we shine?

Applications of what we learned for 2019

Need to reignite energy for volunteerism

Need better congregation to staff one on one communication

3.    Budget, Church Calendar of Events and Attendance Review

4.    Pressing Needs not already addressed –policy review – confirm ownership for2019

A policy ownership handout was given to those present. Will be discussed at the next meeting who owns which policy. 

5.    SPRC as Needed 

6.    Other Items for Leadership Team Attention as Needed

Stacy thanked Bob, Rocky and Nicci for their service and dedication to the Leadership Team 

since this was their last meeting. Others thanked them also.

As a new person coming on to the Leadership Team next year and as a new member of the 

church, Mike Gonzales shared some positive things that the church and individuals are 

      doing to further God’s kingdom. 

Stacy closed the meeting by praying the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer.


No meeting dates have been set for 2019. Stacy will send out an email with these dates when they are set.

     Approved through email: Rocky Brock, Carolyn Gillespie, Nicci Nauman, Stacy MacDonald,         

     Ron Teague, Bob Coffey, Ken Greiner & Norma Mooney

Town Hall Meeting Minutes

The Church Leadership Team conducts a quarterly Town Hall meeting to inform the congregation about the church's goals for the future, and where we are on that path. 

Kearney FUMC Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Minutes October 21, 5:00pm

There were 42 people who attended.

Opening and Prayer- Carolyn Gillespie, Leadership Team Member

Building Committee– Kevin Pratt & Gary Marchbank

Kevin recapped how we got to where we are:

·      Attendance for the Children’s Ministry at 9:30 is at or over capacity in the Children’s wing.

Don’t know what affect Westside will have on this.

·      Kevin shared a handout that showed the preliminary plans for additional space and also showed building fund/capital campaign information.

The current plan shows we have $450K for this additional space which covers FEMA flood plain raising.

These are preliminary plans, we still need to vote church wide at a later date.

·      School district is growing, so more children will likely be coming.

Questions and Feedback:

·      How is the size of this room in comparison to the Fellowship Center?

Room is 600 feet larger. Will need to use temporary partitions to divide the room. Children’s activities will happen here in secured area.

·      Clarified the building fund/capital campaign information

·      Are we building to alleviate crowding now or to also accommodate for growth? 

We are trying to accommodate for growth and also provide flexibility which seems to be necessary.

·      What are the next phases?

Continue to build to the East (perhaps build the additional space on the plan.)

Concern was shared if we wait to build it is likely to cost more.

·      Where will all the new growth happen in Kearney? 

Most likely on the West side of I35.

·      What is the maximum number of children to fit in a classroom?

Eight to seventeen, depending on the age of the children. 

Younger children need more space than older children.

·      How much time is remaining in the capital campaign?

Sixteen months

We will try to finance through cash flow from the current pledges. 

The bank note has been kept open.

·      Detail design is still needed, the current plan is just preliminary. Bidding still needs to be done.

These plans do not include furniture, technology, landscaping, or curtains. Technology means the actual apparatus, not the infrastructure.

·      Will we eventually be building a new church on the West side?

We don’t know.

·      Good choice to revisit for a more short term solution to not incur long term debt, especially since we are in transition.

·      Where is the storage?

Minimal storage at this point.

 Building Committee understands that people/ministries are fighting over storage.

·      Will this benefit the preschool?

Preschool can use when not in use by the church.

·      Will this increase the preschool enrollment?

Answered by Amy Irsik, Preschool Director – Possibly, but licensing considerations need to be made.

·      Is all day preschool a possibility?

Answered by Amy Irsik, Preschool Director – Possibly, but lots of changes would need to be made in order for that to happen.

·      Are sprinklers needed in the new area?

No, because there will be a substantial firewall, eliminating the need for sprinklers.

·      Can we not have stairs and only have a ramp?

Not practical with the grade requirements for ADA.

·      What is the square footage cost?

$129 per square foot.

·      Is that a competitive price?

This number is from the architect, but actual bids will determine price. We want to make sure we don’t overspend compared to others.

·      Is additional parking included?

Not at this point. The last time we added additional spaces in was $2,000.00 per space.

·      What affect will construction have on the current building space?

Minimal disruption is anticipated. 

The plan would be to break through the door, etc. during the summer so it won’t impact the preschool.

·      Where will the dirt come from to raise the building?

Somewhere on the property.

·      November 1 will be church vote. No discussion, only voting. 

·      What is the capacity of the new space?

Depends on configuration used.

Answered by Spencer Smith, Pastor - Lifeway recommendations are for 2ndGrade and older, 1 child per every 25 feet, and for 1stGrade and younger, 1 child per every 35 feet.

·      Will there be absentee ballots for church conference?

Answered by Spencer Smith, Pastor – No, whoever is present will be the quorum. 

The vote will be on moving from the preliminary plans to detailed plans so that we can have a plan that is biddable and buildable.

·      Clarification on the preliminary building plans.

The purple section is all that is being proposed to build along with the secure connection to the existing building.

·      What would it cost to build the green part on the preliminary plans?

Not completely sure but could cost roughly around $300K.

·      Will children come in through both entries?

Yes, both will be secure entries.

·      Prices would be cheaper to build the whole thing now, going into debt. 

Can we have a comparison on how much more it would cost if we delayed the additional area?

·      The Building Committee has worked closely with the Leadership Team

·      Does there seem to be a general consensus in the congregation that this change is needed/wanted?

People aren’t here to find out.

Calls have been made.

 People don’t want to go into debt. 

People want the changes to be backed by numbers.

·      What are we voting on November 1?

Agreeing to pay the cost to go ahead to detailed design. 

When final plan is done there will be another church conference vote.

·      The Building Committee Leadership Team and all the people involved with this process were thanked. 

Carolyn Gillespie closed the meeting with prayer.

Approved through email: Stacy MacDonald, Carolyn Gillespie, Rocky Brock, Ron Teague, Nicci Nauman, Bob Coffey & Danny Dale

Contact the Leadership Team

You can email the Leadership Team at leadership@kearneyfumc.org