Blog Post by
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
If you want to know what wakes me up at 3:00 am, it is a congregation that is trying to do something (call a pastor, sell land, build an addition, etc.) and they can’t because they are waiting for the presbytery to take action; they are waiting on the presbytery to do its work. When the presbytery becomes a bottle neck or a hinderance, we have lost our way.
A new structure will be introduced on Saturday that will help streamline decisions and actions of the presbytery. It will allow the Vision Team to set the direction and yearly mission while other teams execute the mission with freedom and decisive action. It will make sure commissions and constitutional committees report to the presbytery gathering as required by the Book of Order so that the body is informed and can respond. The new structure flattens the hierarchy so ideas can flow up and down, as well as across teams and the presbytery. In this way we continue to learn from one another as we do mission and ministry together.
As Barbara Willock and Diane McCullough wrote in response to my blog last week, learning and communicating is the core of what it means to be a presbytery.
One of the new features of the structure is this statement, “All Teams are reassessed every two years to determine progress and their need for enhancement, reduction or redesign in the third year.” This statement of automatic assessment and even change if necessary is a reflection of the reformed motto, “Reformed and always being reformed, according to the Word of God.” The new structure of the presbytery will be a constantly changing structure as we determine what is working, what is not, and what needs to be done about it. This simple phrase provides flexibility to respond to current needs, instead of being stuck with a design for needs which may no longer exist.
Will it work? I don’t know. We will see together. I often emphasize to the current team moderators that there is no such thing as failure; only opportunities we can learn from. Walk with me as we learn and grow and take this spirit of change and challenge into the future of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy!
Rev. Craig M. Howard