Although I read through the Structure and Culture Report (page 348), although I looked at the budget numbers, I remain unconvinced that the tail isn’t trying to wag the dog.
We SAY that the denomination serves the local church. We have many good and seemingly necessary agencies to outfit the local church to address concerns with regard to race relations, inclusion of persons with disabilities and handling allegations of abuse. But, at some point, doesn’t the balance tip so that the local church begins to do the work of the denomination.
When almost every recommendation that comes to Synod requires the formation of a new agency or an increase in funding for a particular cause.
When it seems every Sunday there is a delegated offering and bulletin insert for some denominational cause, inhibiting the deacon’s work of supporting local food banks, shelters and works of mercy.
When we think that hiring workers for 2850 will, indeed, change the culture of our churches.
When __(tell me what you think)__
At some point, the balance tips so that the local church begins to do the work of the denomination. At some point, the tail begins to wag the dog. Are we at that point? Do you see it creeping up on the horizon?