2 Reasons Why I Will! 2 Reasons Why You Should!
“Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
The first reason why I will and why you should is…….
DIMINISHED TRUST│ Trust tops my list! The SWRGC administrators lost my constituent trust in them because they committed the “unpardonable sin” in leadership; they “held their plans too close to their vests.” I could cite a number of leadership “sins” but I will give two most important reasons that define three years of constituent “no confidence” in SWRGC leadership.
FIRST, OUR ADMINISTRATORS’ failed to reveal “everything” to you and me: the constituent, the tithe returner, the guarantor for all loans. Without us they could not borrow “nada.” Thus, the biggest hoax ever in SWRGC history shines like a black light on this administration’s failure to reveal a step by step accountability of spending; before and after the camp improvements were made at Lone Star Campground. In other words they sold and are selling you to this day a “white horse” with visual defects.
You see, the over expenditures for camp improvements which resulted in a cover-up scheme brought the administrators to their knees before the Executive Committee with a recommendation for the three administrators to resign. Inside sources have said that it will take years to recover from the present financial blunders of this administration.
The major disaster of over spending placed our Conference in a financial tail spin resulting in the most evasive surgical terminations and forced retirements ever. Would you reelect an administration that failed to tell you the truth and attempted to cover it up? Would you really reelect an administration that forced retired and terminated workers who served you for many years without giving YOU an adequate explanation? Would you really reelect an administration that would distort the service record of ministers just to get a vote for relocation and termination? You should get the facts because during their speeches at the 2015 September 9-10 constituency meeting they will reveal in their presentations a “one sided” color view of their achievements.
The best word to describe the President and his administration would be termed, “betrayal;” an attitude that would “sell” friends, workers and members “out” to save their own “hides;” and send them to Death Valley without a survival guide for the future. In their words they exclaim: “Thank you for your service but you are on your own preacher.” How sad and distrustful.
Nan S. Russell, selected as a 100 Top Thought Leader in Trust for both 2014 and 2015 by Trust Across America and author of four books including Trust, Inc.: How to Create a Business Culture That Ignites Passion, Engagement, and Innovation and The Titleless Leader reveals:
“Lying is the number one behavior that diminishes trust. It also tops the list of what people say when they think of trust betrayed. No surprise there. But we don’t need to lie or deceive or manipulate to diminish trust. We can do it with simple, ordinary, everyday behaviors.”
Now, neither President Green nor his underlings would admit to lying. But if someone told you something that would alter your life but did not reveal all the facts to you for their own benefit, wouldn’t such a scheme fall under lying as discussed in Nan Russell’s work on business culture?
- The President escalated the email chain, hitting reply all and cc’ing workers and members.
- The President bypassed the persons involved and farmed it out to Gordon Jones, Terry Foster, Terrell McCoy and Nancy Jones and whoever else to be Mr.Clean—while all of Green’s underlings willingly accepted being the President’s team cleaning crew.
- The President chose email, text message, or delegated the delivery of difficult messages.
- The President crafted half-truths, used spin, avoidance, and weasel words.
- The President over promised and under-deliver.
- The President took credit for some achievements without acknowledging others’ contributions (Like the work senior men contributed too when the SWRGC went over 1000 souls 1 ½ years ago).
- The President relinquished his personal accountability as the direct Supervisor of workers. The President refused to follow-up on workers who were terminated—a Christian duty.
- The President operated as if other workers/members couldn’t be trusted. Answer this question Executive Committee members, “Did the President talk about some of you like a dog in the minister’s workers meeting on that fatal Friday last year at camp meeting?” Ask Green what he said concerning, if he had a choice, whether you should serve on the committee?
- The President visited the dark side of institutional politics.
- The President lacks self-awareness and self-introspection (Read Nan Russell’s entire article at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/nan-s-russell).
This brings you and me with the second reason why I will and why you should.
DIMINISHING COMPASSION FOR THEIR FELLOW SOLDIERS OF THE GOSPEL MINISTRY:
Psychologist Gerben A. van Kleef (University of Amsterdam) and his colleagues from University of California, Berkeley, examined how power influences emotional reactions to the suffering of others. They scientifically described what “diminishing compassion” (Compassion is the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.) has on leadership at the top.
“The results, reported in the December issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal that individuals with a higher sense of power experienced less compassion and distress when confronted with another’s suffering, compared to low-power individuals. In addition, high-power individuals’ RSA reactivity increased (as indicated by lower heart rate) as they listened to the painful stories; that is, high power participants showed more autonomic emotion regulation, which buffered against their partner’s distress (https://www.psychologicalscience.org/media/releases/2008/vankleef.cfm).”
Why do I mention this? We are experiencing for the first time ever a diminishing morale confidence among ministers, workers and church members—like never before. Workers have witnessed unfair promotions and hiring’s while church members experience a “left out” nauseous belly ache. Both pastors and members have witnessed/felt the unfair terminations, relocations and retirements of men who have worked their entire lives for the Southwest Region Conference while church members experience the irresponsible actions carried forward by the President and his Cleaners. Most of last year’s sudden, life changing decisions happened with little or no notice. They also left ministers with 2, 3, 4 and 5 churches to pastor—an impossibility to do for any real productivity that leaves church vulnerable because their “shields” are down.
Today, the working pastoral staff is experiencing division as many have to decide “whose side IS they on.” This deliberate, thought out oligarchy (An oligarchy is a form of government in which most of the political power effectively rests with a small segment of society, typically the people who have the most wealth, military strength, ruthlessness or political influence.) style impedes the work of Jesus as workers take on an attitude of “every man for them self.” Wow! Does Green fit the above observation after last year’s unexplainable death sentences of several workers? Pastors and members: “Are YOU “your brother’s keeper?” Would you reelect/elect leaders who could “careless” for their brothers?
President Green and his administrators (Terrell McCoy, Nancy Jones, Gordon Jones and Terry Foster) did not bring laity and workers together! The administrators that surround the President (His kitchen cabinet) are secretly distancing themselves from Green’s decisions with a song and dance called “under peer pressure.” Don’t buy into their song and dance!
I feel that it is my Christian duty to vote against a rogue government that veiled themselves from trust and compassion and did not shed a tear as they un-employed workers and refused to give information to members yet promoted their self interest; systematically terminated, relocated, and retired workers for their self benefit. I feel no hatred toward my brothers or sister but believe their must be a reciprocity for those who will emotionally suffer for life from the decisions and actions of this ill advised administration.
Recently at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist session in San Antonio, women’s ordination never made it. Believe it or not, strategists realized that two or three overseas divisions out-numbered the smaller North American Division constituents and others resulting in a clear majority against each “division” deciding for themselves the ordination of women-a political plan well crafted by GC world leadership. Many of you would say this was God’s will. I ask, “How can discrimination be God’s will?”
If women were protesting outside and inside the Alamo Dome as African American SDA activists demonstrated in the late 60s you may have seen a different outcome at the GC. Where were women and minorities? Many were on the GC Face Book blog thanking them for “discrimination”—even the Women’s Coordinators at the top.
Looking forward and drawing a lesson from above, at the August meeting of the Large and Small Committees, and at the Constituent Session in September 19-20, protest against this administration is warranted. The failure to stand up against the atrocities of this administration may result in further administrations doing the same thing—which would be our insanity. Don’t be bought by inaccurate rhetoric and empty presentations. Demand accountability! Protest! Or be a victim and the laughing stock of the North American Division. Because the talk outside this Conference is, “how could you?”
“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” —George Eliot