This thread grows out of our WaPac District Assembly thread in which there is considerable discussion about the situations that resulted in WaPac electing a new DS on the first ballot at our recent Assembly. While I am thrilled that we had the experience of electing a new DS on the 1st ballot, I have a personal conviction that we may be perpetuating a model of organization that has served us well in the past, but has little relevancy to now or to the future.
My thoughts as posted on the WaPac thread...
It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me that very many people will take a job that they will intentionally work themselves out of and that is what regionalization would require. And, it would require all the DS's [and district delegations] of the region to get onboard. The only way I see that happening at this point is for all the DS's to be close enough to retirement that they don't have the need for the job. Ha!
In my humble opinion, something much bigger than we know is going on in North American Christianity. It simply is not what it was and it is not ever going to be again. Not only that, but North American Nazarene Christianity is not what it was and it will never be again. If we could either get with the paradigm shift that is going on, or even try to get out ahead of it, the results would be huge. Again, my opinion.
From the leaders in the denomination that I trust the most, all I'm gettting is, "These sorts of things take time." That may be and may have been a luxury that we had in the past. My perception is that we do not have time and if we try to use time, we will lose most of the opportunity with which we are now presented.
Our GS said to me at our DA, "We have been significantly hurt by the convergence of three components: 1. Recession, 2. Bad timing on the new formula for "budgets" and, 3. A devestating lawsuit." So true, and I agree. What seems "true" to me is that we are pretty committed to waiting out the results of the convergence. That is not a reference to my GS, rather to our corporate shyness.
We may regain health under the leadership of our new DS. I have some doubt that regaining our health will lead to regionalization (which I believe to be the new model of efficiency...reducing beauracy and bringing accountability to the closest local level through cluster groups). But perhaps healthy districts will absorb unhealthy districts leading to a shadow model of regionaliziation.