As I get questions from readers, delegates, constituents, and pastors, I compile their concerns and try to address them in subject areas that are consistent with providing a fair and balanced discussion. With Sabbath approaching there will be several forthcoming topics posted for your reading and spiritual growth. I have asked several pastors to submit blogs. All contributors to this blog are appreciated.
I have received several questions about our incumbents currently serving in elected office. The central question that I have seen is “why should the few make decisions for the many?” Meaning, why does a small committee get to decide that the incumbents name cannot be presented to the delegates for a vote? Shouldn’t the incumbents automatically get the opportunity to have their name sent to the delegates for an up or down vote first?
Let’s take the question of “politicking.” Is this process politics with principle and grace as Pastor Stanley and firstangel pointed out? If an incumbent has served their term, is up for re-election, and wants to continue to serve, shouldn’t they get the opportunity to have real data about the people perspective of their leadership? Why does a small group get to decide that the delegates cannot vote our current incumbents “up or down?”
Our current conference president, treasurer, and secretary have not only served in these offices but have served this conference 30+ years. If they want the opportunity to serve shouldn’t the delegates be allowed to send them a clear message?
Every leader has flaws, such as recognizing the need for transparency for officials including the executive committee. Leadership is complicated, challenging, and most of all difficult if you don’t get perspective. For example, even if the current president won by a narrow margin by delegates…isn’t that adequate data for him to know he has a lot of work to do before the next election? Since we do not have term limits voted ,currently, shouldn’t we at least come to some consensus that the incumbents, who have given many years to this conference, automatically have the opportunity to have their name voted up or down by all delegates at constituency THIS TERM?
By doing this the people, constituents, have an opportunity, with much prayer, to decide if they are the right “fit” for where we are headed. Additionally, are they the change agents that we need them to be? This does not negate the need for transparency and the need for the current incumbents to recognize that the pastors mainly senior ministers need an advocate, serious issues emerging since the creation of this blog.
On May 1, 2011 your small committee, who were nominated by delegates at your churches (“the few”), will meet and make a decision for the delegates (“the many”). We call the small committee to release the incumbents name first, and allow the delegates to vote our current leaders in an open meeting so that the incumbents are allowed to be respected for their years and service to this conference. Wouldn’t this reflect Christian politics in a way that is principled?
Link to current positions held by the Southwest Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists: