The Words of the Yang Family
Blessed Family Department
Chang Shik Yang
May 5, 2005
TO: Regional Directors, Vice Regional Directors, State Leaders, all members
FROM: Dr. Chang Shik Yang, Rev. Michael Jenkins, Rev. Phillip Schanker
DATE: May 5, 2005
RE: Regional Representatives to the Blessed Family Department
May the blessings and love of God and the True Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind be with you all.
This memo is to explain and report to you the organization and development of the Blessed Family Department at National Headquarters and the Regional BFD Representatives under Rev. Phillip Schanker and the Co-Directors Jim and Hiromi Stephens since June 2004.
Regional BFD Representatives.
Since January, 2005, each Region has been responsible to appoint one or more Regional BFD Representative(s). Smaller Regions have appointed one person or a Blessed couple. Larger Regions have appointed two, three, or even four representatives or couples.
A webpage was developed ( http://www.familyfed.org/bfd/BFDReps.htm) which lists all the Regional Representatives and their contact information in order to assist all members in identifying and contacting their local Representatives.
We suggest the Regional BFD Representatives be appointed or elected for a one or two year term only. This will share the responsibility of helping families and also train leaders through the actual experience of leadership and position of accountability.
Responsibilities of BFD Representatives
Over time, with more and more experience, the Regional BFD Representatives will gradually assume responsibility in the following areas.
A. Liason between National Headquarters and members:
BFD Representatives should be the first line of contact for members with the Blessed Family Department. Many situations can be handled and questions answered by the Regional BFD Representatives, who can respond more quickly than if many members are contacting the National BFD and thus creating a "bottleneck" effect. The National BFD will make every effort to respond to the Regional BFD Reps at all times and on a higher priority.
Please encourage all members to start contacting their Regional BFD Reps with their questions. If the BFD Reps cannot answer a question, they should contact the National office, thus gaining the answer for all members in the region.
B. Formulation and Distribution of policies:
BFD Representatives will help to:
1. Identify and bring attention to important issues.
2. Make recommendations on issues and policies.
3. Formulate policies.
4. Explain and distribute policies, information, announcements, guidance, etc.
BFD Reps will be an integral part of identifying issues and creating solutions for all issues relating to Blessed Couples and Families.
C. Administrative Areas of Responsibility:
BFD Representatives will help to acquire and coordinate:
1. Membership records.
2. First Generation and Second Generation Blessing records.
3. Family data on parents and children, birthdays, etc.
D. Connection point to BFD National Ministries:
The National Blessed Family Department is developing many ministries to uniquely address issues facing particular segments of our membership such as spousal death, special needs children, counseling, and many others. Please see the memo sent on April 28, 2005, for a listing of the national ministries and coordinators.
The BFD Representatives will have special access to these ministry leaders and coordinators in order to receive training and then facilitate benefits for your region.
BFD Reps should be familiar with the ministries and be able to provide referrals for members of their regions.
E. Additional roles and responsibilities unique to each region:
Each region and indeed each member has unique gifts and characteristics to offer in service to others. BFD Reps will help facilitate connections for leaders and members in order to better accomplish goals for the whole as well as each individual.
The vision for a BFD Rep. is that of a leader who oversees and coordinates a group or team of members, all experiencing value in service to others and happiness in bringing joy to God. It should be a joyful experience, not drudgery and not one person having to do all the work.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to avail yourself of these ministries, their resources, and the support they can provide for your members.
If you have any questions or concerns about the role and responsibilities of Regional BFD Representatives, please be sure to contact the BFD directly or one of us.
Dr. Chang Shik Yang
FFWPU- North America
Rev. Michael Jenkins
Jim and Hiromi Stephens
Blessed Family Department, USA
Blessed Family Dept. Website: www.familyfed.org/bfd
Matching, Second Generation Website: www.bccandidates.com
Matching, First Generation Website: www.firstgenmatchmaker.com
Office: Blessed Family Department
3224 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-319-3200, ext. 133
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