California-Nevada Called to Wholeness pilot class, comprised of 15 elders, has completed an eight-month process of personal and professional assessment and renewal. Participants were recognized during the conference Gathering of the Orders held January 29-30 at Asbury UMC in Livermore, CA.
The pilot class participants included Gayle Basten, Central Valley District; George Edd-Bennett, Central Valley District; Mark Buenafe, El Camino Real District; Tom Buratovich, Central Valley District; Katie Goetz, Bay District; Henry Kim, El Camino Real District; Kim Montenegro, Los Rios District; Eun-Joo Myung, Central Valley District; John Oda, Bay District; Jay Pierce, El Camino Real District; Marylee Sheffer, Los Rios District; Carolyn Talmadge, Bay District; Siliveinuisi Tiueti; Bay District; Tevita Vaikona, Central Valley District and Craig Yoshihara, Bay District.
Going forward, The Gathering of The Orders will celebrate the completion of a Called to Wholeness class and launch a new group on the journey of renewal and assessment at it's annual meeting. The 2020 class counts 25 participants in their number.
Called to Wholeness curriculum was developed by Bishop Minerva Carcano and a task force that included members of the Board of Ordained Ministry and Cabinet. Deacons and Elders begin the renewal and assessment process in the fifth anniversary of full connection and ordination. Licensed local pastors participate on the fifth anniversary of licensing for pastoral ministry.
This periodic assessment is required by Discipline to examine effectiveness in ministry and to discern next steps in God’s call to ordained or licensed ministry. The task force designed the eight-month process to enable people to live fully into God’s claim and call on their lives. Fellowship, prayer, dialogue and worship combined with reflection and evaluation deliver a meaningful and measurable account of ministry in the California-Nevada conference.