Will Dr. Byrd Win or Lose With This Team?

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

The media below is a sermon that I think is appropriate for this topic titled “Don’t Box Me In.” Dr. Byrd’s philosphy of stepping away from the old ways may not prove to be an easy task if he is faced with a regime where some officers have held office for 10-20 years or more.

With the small committee’s work now completed we are left with the question of what happens next. As the work of the nominating committee spreads, constituents of this wonderful conference are going to be asked to vote on the committee’s recommendations. Thus far the news that Dr. Byrd may be flying west to become our next conference president will be historical if you think about it (probably, the youngest conference president ever elected).

I believe that youth and new ideas will be good for everybody. The “Falcon” will soon become a “Texas Falcon” with difficult issues and problems before him. He deserves our support should he get the vote of approval. Having read our future new president’s resume it is impressive. There is no question that he has achieved much in a short period of time.

Change is something that many members wrestle with because they can become mentally resistant when confronted with new ideas and a different direction. We can get over it! It is a part of everyday life. Besides, what matters now are the new vistas the “Falcon” will set for the members in their quest to reach God’s Kingdom; and as long as new heights lead us there, then they must be of God. I believe and know him to be a good man with good intentions with a drive for people to see Jesus. For these reasons we need to begin to pray for him that he will be a force that brings people together. “If” the “Falcon” can bring workers and members together there are no heights we cannot achieve. And healing comes when we achieve together.

It is evident at this time that the present administration and departmental offices will change very little. This could be a potential problem for the Dr. Byrd. The question that remains unanswered will be “where do we go from here?” That is, with a carryover of staff from an old regime, history has proven that this is never good for a new “king.”

What’s Next?

The political debate begins at the upcoming big meeting before the vote on the nominee for president and other administrative and departmental personnel. I don’t believe that the election will come easy. If you are a delegate and are thinking about not coming, you should reconsider; a decision on important matters could be lost or approved because you did not show up. So, make sure you are present and on time and ready to vote. Read all the correspondence that you have received. Be an informed voter. An informed voter is the most powerful person at any constituency meeting.

1. Do you feel that the nominating committee truly represented you as a member of this Conference?
  
2. What advice would you like to give our future President concerning the SWRC?

3. And finally, if anyone has a list of the current tenure and number of terms served of elected officers please post it in this forum.  Also, the number of terms served by members of the executive committee. We need to disect every aspect of these nominations to ensure that they are consistent with our policies, if so we need to determine if they should be changed.

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Many are waiting to hear what you have to say. ~The Forgotten Shepherdess

Don’t Box Me In

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22 Responses to Will Dr. Byrd Win or Lose With This Team?

  1. Concerned Christian says:

    From the tenure of this blog, the presumption is that Dr. Byrd is going to leave Atlanta-Berean SDA and being Director of Breath of Life Broadcast to become President of Southwestern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists…Really? Last I understood, he had not made a decision and was leaning toward staying put.

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    • Concerned Christian says:

      Correction: Pastor Byrd has told his congregation that he has turned down the Presidential Offer…..Praise the LORD he listened to the Holy Spirit!

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  2. Questioner says:

    Only gonna change one position? The constituency can change other positions if they wish….Will they?

    One change would be to determine if you even need all of those positions in the office. Why not combine them as in the old days?

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  3. snoopdoggy says:

    How long di you say this committee prayed before their selections?I think they need to pray again!Maybe I am the only 1 to notice this but they basically have the same people!This seems Ludicrous!!

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  4. Jonah_77 says:

    Dallas has become the Washington, DC of the SWRC. The southern Beltway of politics. I am amazed at people allow themselves to be misrepresented. Dr. Bryd, may actually be what is needed to move the conference out of the last century. However, just like our country’s prez, he is facing many problems. Keeping the secretary and treasure is like Obama keeping Dick Cheney, and Condaleeza Rice. It won’t work.

    I recommend that you get new representation. This is because I know your strategic plan needs work. Right now the SWRC is losing the information fight, because they never had a strategy for it. They are talking about legal action for people commenting on this blog but they have no strategy for it. The strategy committee chair, has no idea about ministerial pastoral development because she has no strategy to address it long term.

    They do however know how to create speculation and controversy. Removing Dr. Byrds resume was poor information strategy. As I said before, it is sinful! Where is leftbehind? We need more prayer, and more stories. Is it me? Or did his stories come to fruition? “Lord please save us from ourselves”…and Frank, Dino and Jerry.

    What say you?

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    • ZERO says:

      JONAH-77: I know why Left Behind went into silence. Because of the ignorocity of small minded Pastors who think they are political giants but are in fact midgets. Many have put their futures first in FRONT of God-because they condemn with out justifiable cause and have taped their mouths with box tape-they are getting their “just deserves.”

      The political midgets condemned someone for trying to help the men and women in ministry who felt “left-behind.”

      THEY ARE BOXED IN…IN THE LAND OF ZERO!

      0+0=0

      ZERO

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    • Bystander says:

      Thank you Jonah! We need every one of you who have been commenting. Left Behind, please come back, the ministers can’t be mad, you were only helping them and bringing out the real deal. I appreciated it.

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    • The truth says:

      How can true change come when the treasurer and secretary position remains the same? Both the secretary and treasurer did not produce a resume? Why? Was their terms successful? How do you determine success? In Corp, it’s defined as results and employee engagement. I haven’t seen a report that reflect these things. What was the basis of their re-election? We need to see resumes to make educated decisions….we are making decisions which impact our church. We need worthy, competent leaders to examine the operations of the conf. How can true change happen with one new leader? We need 3 new leaders and we need to re-evaluate why certain people’s positions were referred to the committee. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit! E.G.White said “whole conferences will be lost”….now I know why. Let’s start fasting.

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  5. Jonah_77 says:

    Dallas has become the Washington, DC of the SWRC. The southern Beltway of politics. I am amazed at people allow themselves to be misrepresented. Dr. Bryd, may actually be what is needed to move the conference out of the last century. However, just like our country’s prez, he is facing many problems. Keeping the secretary and treasure is like Obama keeping Dick Cheney, and Condaleeza Rice. It won’t work.

    I recommend that you get new representation. This is because I know your strategic plan needs work. Right now the SWRC is losing the information fight, because they never had a strategy for it. They are talking about legal action for people commenting on this blog but they have no strategy for it. The strategy committee chair, has no idea about ministerial pastoral development because she has no strategy to address it long term.

    They do however know how to create speculation and controversy. Removing Dr. Byrds

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  6. Marian says:

    I would like to think Dr. Byrd can be a catalyst. That will allow for change throughout the system – that’s what a catalyst does. Maybe people have muddled along in the past because nothing was expected but what’s always been done. If the Lord allows Dr. Byrd to become president, He will have a way to do what needs to be done for us to finish the work.

    Let’s stand back and see the glory of the Lord!

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    • ZERO says:

      MARIAN: Yes I to believe that Dr. Byrd can do well. Sometimes I have problems believing that every person chosen through our process is God’s choice. I believe that God works through human instruments, institutions and man’s plans cannot defeat God’s will.

      After what I have seen over the years, I have found that every leader is not God’s choice. However, should Byrd (AKA the FALCON) get the vote of the delegates I will support him.

      Marian, we are living in difficult times. We will see the salvation of the Lord regardless of impotent men and women. PRAY, that the preservationists whose light is illusory, will receive real light.

      From the land of Zero

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      • ZERO says:

        BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

        ZERO

        April 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

        THE LAND OF ZERO

        Once upon a time there was a Kingdom called Zero. The Kingdom was known throughout the earth because everybody got zero. One day they called a strategy meeting to figure out how they could get something.

        Now the inhabitants of the Kingdom lived in total darkness and desired only one thing, to live on top of the earth, where if they could get there, they could enjoy real light. At one of the great council meetings Royalty decided to employ the services of some of their skilled subjects, Blind, Stupid, and Dumb. So Royalty called all three together for an interview with the purpose of seeing how they could get all the people to the light.

        The Interview went like this…

        Blind’s Idea: “Since I have never seen light and experienced it, follow me to the top. I know how to get there by hugging the walls and following my markers.”

        DUMB’S IDEA: “Follow me” he said… “I will plant dynamite at Blind’s markers, and at an exact moment in time I’ll press the button and instantly light will be revealed.”

        STUPID’S IDEA: “Follow me and when we get to Blind’s final marker I’ll set the land on fire and we will all see and feel the light.”

        So Royalty didn’t know who should lead because their ideas seem so convincing to them. After an Executive Session, Royalty made a decision, to employ all three strategies. Following this decision an announcement went out through all the Land of Zero that every inhabitant would gather at one location, to meet at a certain time where indeed all citizens of the Land of Zero would for the first time see real light.

        What a great gathering it came to be, friends, relatives and all the leaders were assembled. There was music, singing and cheers in the land. It was a day of great celebration. And then the great moment arrived.

        Blind started leading, and after several hours his followers looked around and found that they were back at the same spot they started from.

        Next, Dumb planted the dynamite at Blind’s markers and at a specific time press the button and blew up the Land of Zero.

        And finally Stupid, in his last moments, set the kingdom on fire.

        CONCLUSION: Because the citizens believed Blind because they believed Dumb and believed Stupid, they all got ZERO.

        MORAL OF THE STORY: ZERO plus ZERO always equals ZERO; and don’t believe blind, stupid and dumb ideas.

        Constituents…beware!

        From Zero

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  7. dolomite9 says:

    Zero you make alot of sense!You might need to change your name!

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  8. ZERO says:

    “EVERY LEADER HAS A RISE AND FALL. SELDOM WILL THE ADDICTED “MANAGER” KNOW WHEN TO QUIT.”

    As one late great, world evangelist said from our church, “Presidensts heads float on the river like other heads.”

    “If” Byrd plots his “own” leadership and unifies the working force and members, he will leave a legacy that will be untouched.

    Byrd has an “opportunity” to “lead” and make everyone a winner. But when heads roll division comes. When decisions are made that affect people’s lives, enemies are made. Thus, when these two dynamics are mixed influence is diminished.

    “But” if he is caught in the same politics that has defined this region for more than 20-30 years, it will be repeated business of the past.

    I hope he defines his own leadership and not give in to pressure and compromise and the dirty politics of selfish preservationist.

    From the land of Zero

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  9. dolomite9 says:

    Uh oh the plot thickens,suddenly Dr Byrd’s resume is missing!Has he left the building?Has he withdrawn his name?Oh my whatever shall we do?For the sake of time since we kept the secretary and treasurer,we may as well keep the prez and give him an unprecedented 4th term!Now we can all go home and have business as usual!With malice towards none and charity towards all let us strive to build up our conference’s wounds!Then we can all be happy again!Let us not forget the main thing!

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  10. PLEASE THINK ABOUT THIS! says:

    PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY! We may not see the comprehensive plan because it might not be complete. This comes from the SWRC website.

    Strategic Planning Information

    The Southwest Region Conference Strategic Planning Committee (includes the Executive Officers) and the hired strategist (Dr. Andrew Harewood) recommended a five-year plan to the Executive Committee. That plan was voted March 15, 2011. The distribution of the strategic plan documents to the Conference field took place April 16, 2011 – April 30, 2011.

    An Executive Summary document containing goals and objectives for each department within the Conference, was voted ‘in spirit’, on September 19, 2010, as goals and objectives for some departments have not yet been finalized. This working document will be posted here once completed.

    A comprehensive Communication Plan has also been developed in conjunction with the Strategic Plan. That document will be posted here soon.

    Strategic Plan & Working Document:
    Strategic Plan
    Strategic Plan Working Document

    Strategic Plan Companion Documents:
    Communication Plan
    Core Elements of Strategic Planning
    Executive Committee Handbook
    Leadership Competencies
    Strategic Information Sheet
    The Building Block View of Strategic Planning

    Organizational Charts:

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  11. Ain't too proud to beg says:

    WHAT SEEM TO BE INTERESTING?

    Dr. Byrd’s resume is missing from the SWRC website. Does anyone know why?

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  12. dolomite9 says:

    To avoid being boxed in,the new president needs new officers and a new ex committee.If you put a brand new engine in a car whose transmission has 200,000 miles on it and has never had the brakes changed,it is just a matter of time before you will be back in the shop!By the time you pay for a new transmisssion,a brake overhaul,rotors,shocks,struts,alignment,tires, and everything you need to take that long needed trip,you will wonder if you covered everything necessary or will you break down on the road.Then you will realize that if you bought a new car ,it is covered in the warranty.We need a new president,new officers,and a new executive committee and then we can rest assured that they are covered in the warranty!Anything short of this and we are asking for trouble and we will be sure to box in the new president!

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