IN THE RECENT MONTHS│ three senior ministers in the Southwest Region Conference have accused contributors and commentators of The Forgotten Shepherdess blog of characterizing them personally with offensive and negative terminology. They have falsely brought to the SWRC [Southwest Region Conference] community the notion that features the blog as deliberately describing them as cartoonish subhuman goons that damaged their self proclaimed coveted reputations. The real question that we ask, “is this alleged blatant accusation concerning negative characterization of them true?” This article will briefly examine their absurdity exposing it as ghoulish nonsense and false. The article will explain the clergy’s true perverted reasons that subsequently arose from their inability to elect their candidate for President. Also, the blog will clarify what “left behind’s” intended motive was and why you should continue to follow this forum to express your views and opinions. Finally we will show the good contribution the blog has made as a means for you to have a voice in the direction of the Southwest Region Conference.
A CASE TO DISCOVER THE REAL TRUTH:
EVERY ISSUE HAS A BEGINNING AND AN END│
For those of you who want the real truth and are reading this blog here is the beginning and the end. From the beginning the ghost writer of the stories, known as “Left Behind” created some fictitious stories to illustrate the political behavior of “some” ministers who have dominated the political spectrum for over  years. If you just look at where they are as ministers now and go back to yesterday, you will uncover how three men planned their rise to the churches and departmental offices they coveted.
In the next few paragraphs, follow the political ascension of these ministers as “game players” from the beginning of the 1980s. In these formative years you discover that the middle years of President W. C. Jones sticks out like “white on rice.” Finding that beginning reveals a political behavior of two of these clergymen; who have attempted to dominate constituency meetings to this very day. The brother of one of the three is now the President of Allegheny West Conference to whom we congratulate and wish well as a son of this Conference.
Strikingly, after the first story of Left Behind broke and subsequent others, these ministers assimilated into the Left Behind anthropomorphic characters, “themselves” –a gift to The Forgotten Shepherdess blog that substantially increased its readership. At this present time, little do the discontented ministers know that Left Behind could be an annoyed minister terminated from employment by the SWRC (Southwest Region Conference) years ago or many ministers who felt “Left Behind” by previous decisions of past Conference administrations through destructive politics as demonstrated by these three men over the years.
While the last comment may not satisfy the bewildered ministers, the truth remains that these three have committed themselves to locate and identify The Forgotten Shepherdess and Left Behind. You should be aware of their obsession. One of the three clergymen has even interrogated some fellow pastors as the blogger and Left Behind.
Because the blog has revealed some incompetence of the leaders of the SWRC, the self proclaimed perfectionists of ministry negatively portrayed the Forgotten Shepherdess as an instrument of the devil, advising members and pastors not to read it. I ask, “Have these men looked within and asked are they the devil?” Preaching smiling faces tell lies too! I ask, “How can opinion written on this blog be of Satan when it comes from concerned seekers of the truth whether in the form of a story or comment.”
The previous and present administrations of the SWRC, who seem to kiss and hug these men when they feel threatened, shouldn’t point a finger at The Forgotten Shepherdess blog; because the decisions of the past and present administrations have conceded territory to Satan by terminating workers and mismanagement of God’s money?” Inability to be transparent will motivate others to start even more blogs especially when our leaders refuse to listen and reveal truthful facts.
A CASE FOR FREE SPEECH AND OPINION:
O LET ME TAKE YOU BACK TO THE BEGINNING│ because the Forgotten Shepherdess Blog’s mission back then, still remains now, a voice, to give ministers an opportunity to discuss the issues in a non threatening forum uncontrolled by the SWRC. Someone once said, “Say what you mean but mean what you say.” It’s too bad that too many pastors and workers want you to say something in defense for them while they say nothing in defense for themselves. The silence of pastors indicates that they are shell shocked from the threats unleashed by out of control manic Presidents who must demonstrate their power so hair can grow on their chests. Unfortunately, ministers in this work are scared to death to say anything, ask for anything or hear anything.
A CASE TO EXPOSE AND FIND YOU:
SO LET’S BE REAL│ If the blog mandated an email from you to log on to the website, the SWRC administration would try to identify you, and if administration found any participant to be a minister, they would fire him or her which would suppress their free speech; because the blog does not demand an email or for you to reveal who you are. Therefore it recognizes your Constitutional freedom of speech—your opinion. Exposure of your email and name would allow the SWRC tripartite regime to discredit, expose you and possibly terminate you from the workforce if you are a worker. The Forgotten Shepherdess blog gives members and workers a “voice” to vent their frustrations through words not reprimands, bullets or exposure. If they illegally access your information they may have violated the law. And remember we love the law, RIGHT. And if anyone obtains your information and seek to use it in a court of law they will have to reveal where they accessed it from and how.
THE SWRC CANNOT DISCOVER YOUR EMAIL UNLESS YOU GIVE IT! SOME HAVE CHOSEN TO REVEAL WHO THEY ARE. I AM NOT AFRAID TO REVEAL WHO I AM.
WELL, THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO│ you might recall the SWRC’s last Executive Committee Meeting a few weeks before the 2011 Constituency Session convened. It was during this time that a self proclaimed “political dealer” sent his spoke person into the meeting, allowed by the former President to address the “alleged” illegal usage of the name of the blog as well as the content. In that meeting the former President “ranted” and “raged” from thirty minutes to forty-five minutes “in New Jack City, Nino Brown style” as reported by some who were on this committee. He didn’t even know what he was talking about. The former President even suggested illegal means through which they could identify who the blogger and writer might be—even the usage of a private investigator— even though the blog sought to level the political field, because the past President’s election was being undermined by these three ministers secretly. Being critical of President Obama does not mean that you don’t love or support him as our President. Leaders who cannot accept criticism should not be in a political office such as President of the Southwest Region Conference. Criticism helps leaders grow and see their mistakes so they can improve.
Now, the above is very important because it is a well known fact that the ministers responsible for the demise of our former President before the Constituency ever met came to be through a secret coalition setup by them. The three were instrumental in stacking the Organizing Committee and the Nominating Committee with the sole purpose of making sure the past President’s name did not make it out of the nominating committee and the current Oakwood University Pastor would soar out of the Small Committee to be voted in by the constituents as the next President of the Southwest Region Conference—but they underestimated “YOU.” This major upset turned them into a pack of “wise guys” instead of polished politicians. The rest was history. The constituent electoral body sent the misguided clergy fishing.
With this in mind now, many pastors and members became fed up with the three minister’s old school “kind” of politics as it played out on the sanctuary floor of the college Church. What seems so puzzling is that the former President went after a blog that did him no damage. If the struggling President had not made that famous Saturday night massacre speech he might very well continued as our longest tenured President ever (The current President makes the past President look like Franklin Roosevelt when compared to leadership. Give the former Prez some kudos. He didn’t massacre pastors through wholesale terminations even when he could have.).
Before the election and his resignation, the former Union President knew the political strategy of the three ministers who were strategizing a political coup by attempting to hijack the constituency meeting. We now understand that the three orchestrators of a secret political plot wanted their strategy to work basically for selfish reasons: which are power, control and redemption. They didn’t want Byrd to come because they wanted him—they wanted him to come so they could control him for their selfish purposes; otherwise, why the secrecy?
In stark contrast to the former Union President, an inside witness at the Lake Region Conference Constituency election revealed that when a certain nominee’s flyers were circulated as constituents arrived, the Lake Union President of that region addressed the negative political gaming of a want to be President, which prevented the name on the circular from getting on the chalk board (Unethical politics should have been prevented by our former Union President).
It is rumored today that the same three are trying to elect the same name down here in the SWRC come September. Alongside this the younger ministers are presently planning their run for power but not exactly as the three have done four years ago—they want to “kill” off all the senior men because they feel it is their time even though they have not earned it. Most of the young pups supported the Incentive Buy Out, retirement and terminations of senior men. Why? Because the young puppies have not embraced nor connected with the historical past of the SWRC and the three ministers New Orleans style politics. They see the office as promotion.
GOOD WORK FORGOTTEN SHEPHERDESS:
FOR YOUR INFORMATION│ the stats at the actual time of the last constituency meeting revealed that the Forgotten Shepherdess Blog became a source of information before, during and after the election. Statistics revealed that a huge access of “hits” from all over the country and around the world came from people who wanted to get the 411. While the meeting was in progress “thousands” accessed this site for information within a 24 hour period. The Forgotten Shepherdess answered a clarion call with professionalism reporting the actual results as they actually happened with light speed. I believe the Forgotten Shepherdess made denominational history because I have never heard where anyone has done something like this before in our denomination. The blog may have changed the way politics will be conducted in the future.
NOW THE CASE FOR LEFT BEHIND—THE END:
LET’S GET BACK TO THE STORIES AND THE FUGITIVE LEFT BEHIND│ You should be aware that many ministers carry the feeling of being “left behind.” This feeling among many senior pastors exists today and continues from year to year with anger, depression, rambling unacknowledged by past and present administrations as a real ongoing problem that minister’s experience. A number of our pastors in this Conference feel their opportunity for promotion to larger churches and positions within the SWRC office or consideration for recommendations for other areas of ministry never came for them even though they worked hard. Many ministers feel they were passed over or “left behind.”
Today, aging clergy in our field of labor feel they were characterized negatively and unfairly by Frank, Dino and Jerry along with others that deliberately sought to stunt their growth potential in ministry. Hence, they were left behind because of the “political” behavior of men politically characterized as Frank, Dino and Jerry who thought their ministry to be far “superior” to any other preachers in the Southwest Region Conference; even though these men manipulated the system for their gain. Most ministers who have read the stories of Left Behind do not deny the comical political portrayal as accurate. In fact, ministers, workers and members became the “identifiers” of Frank, Dino and Jerry as ministers in the Conference—not this blog.
FROM WHAT I HAVE DESCRIBED│ you learned that the Left Behind stories did not attack these falsely accusing, overly sensitive persons to defame their reputation or for monetary gain. The stories described Frank Dino and Jerry’s politics (or anyone else) as unfit for a Christian within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The message from Left Behind says, “This kind of politics should not exist. Their strategy to gain power and control through “human means” in a religious institution circumvents the Holy Spirit, the true leader of God’s remnant Church. If we believe in God, why not trust Him by engaging our politics with grace seems to be Left Behind’s message.
It follows that the Bible reveals Jesus as the greatest politician to ever live. Our Master used politics with grace, told comical parables for people to see His offer of salvation, admonished the leadership of His day, and privately met with the rich and the famous. Jesus used allegories and other political methods to reach the masses to PERSUADE men and women to enter His Kingdom of eternal life.
Even though we reject our accuser’s political methods and wish they would change, we recognize that they are men who love God and have productive ministries. But if they love God why would they characterize fellow ministers and workers so negatively? Why has one of the three ministers made anti feminist and sexual slurs on occasions?
If they are still wearing their frustration on their shoulders, it is not The Forgotten Shepherdess blog that has caused this. Their frustration reveals that our brothers could not make it in the real world of politics because of their personal overwhelming encompassing sensitivity. You see, they fail to learn that politicians are depicted everyday in the editorial section of papers all over the world. The three amigos still fail to realize that no mature sane adult would believe fictitious persons portrayed as anthropomorphic characters such as “rats” or “dawgs” could actually be REAL or THEM.
Now the message of Left Behind might be true. And many ministers, workers and members did believe the minister’s political behavior to be unethical, selfish with total disregard for their fellow sisters and brothers.
Now that we are at the end, the election results revealed a rejection of the three amigos, the outlaw’s political game playing who endeavored to monopolize our local conference, which led to the eventual election of the current President. Now isn’t that something Prez, how is that for transparency!