I have been serving on the new Form of Government Task Force for the past three years.
Just as we did before the General Assembly in San Jose, the work of the nFoG Task Force is flying under the radar of the denomination once again.
The biggest hurdle of the previous General Assembly was to get people to engage and read our work. And my experience at the San Jose Assembly made it clear that most of the committee assigned to our work, and almost all of the GA commissioners had not read our work.
If we are serious about considering a missional understanding of the church, if we are serious about helping the denomination change to the reality of a changed post-denominational, post-modern, post-Christiandom world, then we've got to at least start taking seriously the proposal of the Task Force.
Don't let political groups tell you what to think. You read the documents and study it for yourself.
I know that people are busy. I know that churches and ministry is busy.
And when it comes to the next GA in Minneapolis, busy people from busy churches will come just as ill-prepared to handle this material. So, once again, people will make their decision about the future of the denomination based on hearsay and what political groups are saying about the work.
So what can be done about this?
Call a special meeting just to deal with the new Form of Government. It is unrealistic to ask commissioners to a regular general assembly to read and comprehend all the other work before a typical GA and have the commissioners prepared for the new Form of Government.
Yes, this is going to be expensive. But so is losing 50,000 plus members every year as we become even more irrelevant.
It will be a terrible waste if the new Form of Government flies under the radar of the denomination once again.