My brother Richard blogged last week about a meeting at which he and other clergy and lay leaders in the Texas Conference were informed of new methodology in the appointment process. At this gathering, they were told, in brief,that
the new system is based, we were told repeatedly, on data, not merely relationships (being a Good Old Boy) and salary sheets. Data are good. They’re objective. They’re ready to hand. But they’re also infinite.
Richard has an interesting discussion following.
This week I was pleasantly surprised to find out that our bishop, Bishop Mike Lowry, had published his own letter on the “new way” clergy appointments would be made.
Bishop Lowry openly shares 6 openings. Further, he invites anyone interested in any of these appointments to “please contact your district superintendent no later than Friday, Feb. 6.”
Just last year one church that knew its senior pastor would be moved in June was told that if they gave the bishop and cabinet names of specific individuals they would like to be considered for that spot, it was sure to mark that person off the list.
Just one year later, and we’ve come full circle.
I am very skeptical that the “good ol’ boy” system can be killed so swiftly, but we are indeed moving in the right direction.