Friday, August 10, 2007

For the Covenant Nominating Committee: What if.....

Organizations are slow to change. Denominations are even slower. But the Covenant faces an opportune moment to examine some signficant changes as we seek a new president following Glenn Palmberg's retirement. Glenn brought many good and healthy changes to the church, for which we are all thankful. But now is a time for us in the blog world to suggest some futures considerations to be considered. So I invite you to create your own lists of "what if's..." for the next president to have on his/her plate or even platform.
What if the next president did not leave the local church, but remained an active pastor?
What if the next president limited his/her term to five years?
What if the next president helped to relocate the denomiational headquarters to someplace more central and accessible, like Denver, Minneapolis, or Kansas City?
What if the next president decentralized power into the hands of conference superintendents?
What if the Executive Board was composed of conference superintendents?
What if all seminary faculty were required to spend sabbatical years pastoring local churches?
What are some of your what ifs???


At 2:06 PM , Blogger kent said...

What if the president was not a pastor, but a leader trained outside of the seminary disciplines?
What if we did not duplicate services that are proived at a lower cost with higher impact than what we can provide for oursevles?

At 3:55 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Great additional idea. I wonder if there is a denominational pot into which ideas can be cast that are considered seriously?

At 6:26 AM , Blogger Chris Brooks said...

What if the next President were black?

What if it were Efrem?

At 9:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if started now, as a denomination, to seriously pray together and just spend time listening for what kind of people He wants us to be? Then we'll have a better idea what sort of president He desires to succeed Glenn.

At 12:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if the next president was a smurf?

I bet he would have a small chair.
and his office would be blue.

At 1:32 PM , Blogger Jeanette said...

I like the idea of term limits - it provides an opportunity to eliminate stagnation.

What if the individual was from either Coasts? There is a difference in perspective from either side of the country that isn't always taken in to consideration in the Covenant.

I'm still fairly new to the ECC - does each of the districts have "listening" groups that gather for contemplation of what is happening in their own particular areas? Perhaps reflections could happen at both Mid-Winter and Annual Meetings?

At 5:13 PM , Blogger donnjohnson said...

Jeannette: I think our ability to listen well to churches is one of our weak links. I think the web could help with this for the computer literate, but there is a bigger group that needs to weigh in as well. How would you suggest that could work?

At 5:13 PM , Blogger Rick said...

What if the Covenant gave as much energy to caring for Covenant pastors who are outside of Covenant ministry and wish to return, as they do to non-Covenant pastors who want to get their foot in the door?

At 3:27 PM , Blogger kent said...

The concept of having a "listening time" at the midwinter and the annual meeting is an excellent one. The cynic in me also thinks it is one that will not likely be put into place.


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