On Monday, I will fly into
Perhaps, I should be more delicate when pointing out that our denominational organization is too top heavy. Fortunately, I'm not even close to being the first to say it. John Maxwell and Injoy were paid big bucks to say the same thing several years ago except they delved into Patronage issues as well.
The issues that I am particularly interested in that are coming to the Ordained Ministers are:
- A gradual elimination of the mandatory percentage sent in to World Missions. I will vote for this but, I think it should be done immediately and it should all come out of the administrative budget. For this to happen 2/3 of the body is going to have to agree to suspend the rules and submit a substitute proposal.
- Appointment of Evangelism, Youth, and World Missions Directors by the Executive Committee. World Missions is one thing we do really well. I can't understand why we would fire the General Assembly from being able to select leadership and give that authority to a few good guys with a more limited scope of who can effectively lead.
- Unified Budget (Consolidation of the World Missions Budget with the International Budget). Again, this seems like the parable of the talents in reverse. The biggest producer on a corporate level for the
Church of God is World Missions. Yet, we have a proposal on the table to remove the World Missions budget and give it to our ever-growing International bureaucracy. That makes no sense to me.
- Election of Denominational Leadership. I am focusing on the selection of the Council of 18 since it is basically the Elders Board of our denomination and there is decent opportunity for pastors to be selected. Additionally, selecting Administrative Bishops for this role makes no sense as they are unable to provide straightforward, honest feedback to the Committee that appointed them. Four guys that I really would like to see on the Council of 18 are Marty Baker, Anthony McDaniel, Mike Chapman, and Harold Bare. Those guys have big voices that pastors are listening to. As they speak, they are not considering first how the denominational guys perceive their statements.
I am not in favor of anything that further centralizes our structure. I will be blogging from
Indy. I'm sure there will be others that get the facts out on the taboo,
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