The Launch Out! Fundraising 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 you may recall, a team has been assembled to work together on initial planning to launch this effort if approved at the 2018 Annual Conference.

The team includes Howard Hintzman, Tina Itson, Peace Kim, Allie Scott, Steve Scott, Amanda Stein, Michele Virnig, Bill White and Tamara Wims. Randy Chapin, who was the Project Strategist for the Conference, has had to withdraw from the effort due to family priorities. Allie Scott and Amanda Stein have graciously agreed to co-chair the Launch Out! Team. The Bishop and the entire team would like to thank Randy for his hard work and passion for Launch Out! as well as the Make A New Wisconsin feasibility study, which he also helped implement.

Note that when the campaign officially launches after Annual Conference, our focus will be on leadership development for laity and clergy. This is the key to effective mission and ministry and is included in each of the funding 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.

Rev. Tina Itson, Director of Development for United Methodist Children’s Services and Deacon of Wauwatosa Avenue UMC, 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.”

More about this campaign will be shared at upcoming events, including Laity Convocation, Pre-Conference, and Annual Conference. View Launch Out! videos here. Read more about the effort here.