Bishop's Message - Restructuring

Bishop's Message - Restructuring

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you!

As we approached the start of our centennial year, I convened a group of diocesan leaders, representing the several governing bodies and key constituencies of this diocese, and asked them to address a very important question: how best to structure this diocese, in its present context, to carry out its mission?

That group did their work extremely well. Last February they made a preliminary report to me. Then, they revised their proposal, and presented it to Standing Committee, Board, Council, and the Deans while I was on sabbatical. Another round of conversation has taken place now that I have returned. Board and Council will consider giving formal approval in the next few weeks; then, the necessary resolution will be prepared for Convention, and sent to all congregations early in September for discussion in the Fall Convocations. The proposal to be submitted to Board and Council will, if adopted, substitute a new Board of Trustees for the current Board and Council. This will mean that anyone desiring to be elected to the new body needs to be prepared to participate in an election in November based on nominations from the floor.

None of us is interested in change merely for the sake of change. These changes are ones which will, I believe, strengthen congregations and make us a stronger, better diocese, and a more effective instrument for the Spirit’s use. But in saying that I am not supposing that the proposal cannot be improved. For that, your help is needed. You can expect to see more on this re-structuring proposal soon; when you do, I ask that in every congregation they be given careful consideration, that we be prepared for serious discussions in the Fall Deanery Convocations, and be prepared to take action at Convention this Fall.


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