The Launch Out! Funding Campaign is our investment into our future to create faith-raising opportunities to reach people in new ways, in new places, and in new ministries. As we launch out, our focus is on leadership development for laity and clergy. This is the key to effective mission and ministry and is included in each of the priorities: revitalization of existing congregations that desire life and growth, new faith communities to reach those who don’t currently relate to our existing congregations and ministries, and mercy and justice ministries as collaborative opportunities in every community. More about this campaign will be shared at upcoming events, including Bishop’s Days Apart, Laity Convocation, Pre-Conference, and Annual Conference.

Rev. Tina Itson, Director of Development for United Methodist Children’s Services and Deacon of Wauwatosa Avenue UMC, is one of the members of the Launch Out! Team, which is developing the campaign plans. She shared her excitement about all of the possibilities this campaign could open up for our Annual Conference to make an impact in local churches, our communities, and on future generations. She said, “I think all of these possibilities are opportunities for us to make a greater impact on future generations and future disciples of Jesus Christ. So this is what really inspires me…the opportunity we have to make that impact through developing leadership across our Conference, for both clergy and laity. I hope that you all will consider joining in, and being a part of this campaign as we look to make a difference, and make an impact on Wisconsin.”

Watch her testimony here.