Monday, June 21, 2010
To the Victor Belong the Spoils...
All of this combines to suggest that if the election can have such play on the proposals, maybe that is a good indicator that the proposals are not ready for prime time. I have long said that there is a distinct centralization shift of oversight, appointment, and policy away from elected boards and to the office of the Synodical President. This may be efficient and effective but may still NOT be in the best interests of our church body. In addition the major unresolved issues include renaming the Synod, restructuring the Districts, and the role and accountability of the Commission on Constitutional Matters -- all of which are, in some ways, far more significant than the current proposals and yet still up in the air.
I am not a fan of the current structure and believe it is bloated with people in the middle and replete with overlapping responsibilities but I think a little tinkering could resolve most of these. We are a slightly smaller church body than we were 40 years ago but our bureaucracy has increased substantially since then (and I am not including the LCEF, Concordia Plans, and Foundation which used to all be run out of the same building -- including a claims staff that processed each and every one of the medical claims!). We can surely do well with a somewhat leaner staff and structure but one more accountable to the whole church. BTW the one proposal I thoroughly endorse is the election of the Synodical President by congregational ballot and NOT by Convention Delegates. That would be a great improvement.
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Just a note on the resolution about congregations electing the Synodical President.
According to Resolution 8-17, the congregation will not cast a ballot for President, rather their two delegates to the previous District Convention will each cast a ballot for Synod President.
That is a significant difference from many people's understanding of this resolution.
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