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PETITION FOR A CHURCH CONFERENCE

As Dr. Stan Copeland has suggested, this is a time of healing and renewal.

In the spirit of this renewal, we look to the future of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and want to prepare ourselves and position this church for a time of growth. This is in recognition of our position as a large, regional, metropolitan church as envisioned in the Power of One report.

To encourage broader participation by members of the church, we petition District Superintendent, Dr. Larry George, to call a local Church Conference* of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church to ascertain the will of the congregation and to vote on the following:


1. Require an immediate complete outside audit of all church and LLUMC Foundation accounts for the years 1999 through 2005 performed by external auditors.

a. This audit will also include an Agreed Upon Procedures Audit of all funds collected and disbursed in the Forward in Faith Capital Campaign, Shipp Chapel funding, as well as all funds transferred, booked and/or borrowed between any church account and the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church Foundation.


2. Require the Board of Stewards, Trustees and church leadership not to proceed with or approve any capital campaign:
a . Until the above listed audits have been completed, and
b. Until the results of these audits have been published and actually distributed to all church membership.


3. Require a reinstatement of the financial policy that a complete outside audit (not review) by external auditors be performed annually. Prior to 1997, a full annual outside audit had been performed at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church as a matter of course.

4. Any other resolutions as brought forth by members during the meeting.


The future financial health and well being of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church is of primary concern and these audits will prepare the church for future growth and development.



* From the 2004 Book of Discipline:

248. To encourage broader participation by members of the church, the charge conference may be convened as the church conference, extending the vote to all professing members of the local church present at such meetings. The church conference shall be authorized by the district superintendent. It may be called at the discretion of the district superintendent or following a written request to the district superintendent by one of the following: the pastor, the church council, or 10 percent of the professing membership of the local church.

2527. The duties, authority, and power vested in the church local conference, insofar as they relate to the property, real and personal, of the local church concerned, are the same as and identical with the authority and power vested in the charge conference of a pastoral charge of one local church.

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