A key theme throughout the Agenda for Synod 2013 is the necessity to restructure the denomination. We see it in
- The Board of Trustees budget
- Agencies, Institutions and Specialized ministries requesting extra funding.
- A Diversity in Leadership Planning Group that wants what is done with regard to hiring at 2850 Kalamazoo Ave in Grand Rapids Michigan to make a discernible difference in the multi-cultural acceptance and ability of local congregations throughout the US and Canada, speaking of which...
- Overtures with regard to a reconfigured relationship between US and Canadian churches within the denomination
- And, most notably, in the Task Force Reviewing Structure and Culture.
Add to this a recent disappointment with regard to a candidate for the new Executive Director that leaves us with more of the same. Well, more of the same AND some really good questions about what an Executive Director does and whether we truly need someone functioning in this role on our behalf.
I’ll admit I feel anxious putting this out there but only because I’m going to be blamed for saying in public what any number of people have wondered about it private. Is all this talk about revamping the culture and structure of the CRCNA – well, is it anything more than feng sui with deck chairs in the North Atlantic? Should we maybe be a little more worried about that fact that we are so big we are not going to be able to change direction quickly. And also that there might be an iceberg up there waiting for us? Is the question of downsizing the denominational structure itself on the table?