Sixteen years ago was the last time the Brethren gathered in Richmond Va prior to this year. Phyllis Carter was the Moderator and the theme of the Conference was: Forward - Seeking the Mind of Christ. Attendance included 933 delegates and 3,889 registered members.
A major business item in Richmond in 1992 was the approval of an Ethics in Ministry Relations Paper. [This was later revised in 1996 and is again on the agenda for revision in 2008.]
In other business, delegates adopted A CALL TO EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH FOR THE CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN IN THE 90'S, which outlined five specific goals including 10% congregational increases each year in average worship attendance, christian education, addition of new members. Delegates also accepted emerging church groups in Brazil. A query on the church and the homosexual was respectfully returned as delegates judged that the 1983 Statement and a response to a similar query by the 1985 Standing Committee adequately answered the focus of the query.
Annual Conference completed its business by Saturday morning and devoted Saturday afternoon to a "Jubilee in Song" celebration of the new Hymnal.
Source: 1992 Annual Conference Minutes