“To desire the good old days is to sit in a state of nostalgia and nothingness. We have today, the good old days are old and gone forever. What are we going to do today? Ministers and their wives are always going to be talked about. I am a pastor’s wife. We have been abused and talked about enough that for me I am just going to do what pleases me. Most of the members don’t care about us. They feel that they can just call the conference office and request a new pastor, not caring how it may affect the pastor and his family. Cant speak for everyone, but as for me, I am not taking any more abuse.” Anonymous
FRANK, DINO AND JERRY
“Bad News from the Prez”
A Fictitious Cartoon
The pounding sounds of fists beating on the door of a suburban home disturb the crisp morning air. The sounds increase from desperate to urgent. Awakened by the sudden noise, the underworld “deal maker” puts on his slippers and bathrobe and hurry’s down stairs to respond quickly to the urgent pounding coming from the front door of his palatial flat.
Frank: Who is it?
Dino: (whining) Its Dino and Jerry. Open up the door boss, I’ve got some bad news…bad news boss…open up.
(The door slowly opens only for Frank to find the frozen expressions of Dino and Jerry’s faces.)
Frank: Come on down to my office in the basement. By the way did you guys look around to see if any pigeons are hanging around the windows and doors? Those guys are always spying around. Find me a Great Owl…they hate pigeons.
Dino: By the way Frank don’t Great Owls eat rats?
Frank: Ya, ya, ya…scratch that idea that could be bad news for us.
Dino: We didn’t see any…but boss sit down…I gotta tell you what’s going on.
Frank: Tell me Dino…tell me. This better be good or you’re gonna be hanging out back!
Dino: We were sniffing around the headquarters of the Southwest like you told us to do, and we heard the Prez and his Adviser talking. The Advisor brought some information to him. Frank, you know what they were doing? I heard the Prez say to his Advisor “Get on your cell phone and call Stinky at A-1 Pest Control to exterminate Frank, Dino and Jerry.” The Prez said to Stinky to “Round them up, their bones are mine.” What are we going to do Frank, what are we going to do? I don’t want the Prez to take my bones. (Crying)
Dino: Give me the order Frank. Give me the order Frank! I’ll hit them now before he takes our bones. Give me the order!
Frank: (Slap, slap) Jerry! We’re losing our composure. Get control of yourselves. You’re always thinking with your fingers instead of with your brains. So get control of yourselves.
Jerry: Ya! Ya! Frank you’re pretty smart.
Dino: That’s right…why didn’t I think of that? But I don’t know Frank the Prez took the bones and threw them in the trash bin like practicing for a basketball game. He hit the bin pretty good. (Crying) We’re trapped…Frank we’re headed for the trash bin. The pigeons are gonna collect our bones Frank.
Frank: don’t insult me again. When the time comes to give up our boned…let’s have some dignity about it. I have a plan. Remember this, Dino and Jerry the Prez can’t do anything to us as long as we control the pigeons. Focus! We gotta take control of the great Pigeon meeting coming up. If we do that, we have nothing to worry about. Do you get it! The Prez can’t out smart me. I’m always a step ahead of him. Hold on a minute…I gotta call Falcon first to see how he wants to handle this.
And remember, I’m LEFT BEHIND.
LEFT BEHIND: “FRANKY, DINO, AND JERRY” Original Story
I have to admit that Craig has tied the knot on this one. THANKS!
Let me clear the house for many of you who are following this by relating to you a fictitious novel concerning the political struggle for power in this field.
First out, you have at least four players in the political contest created by this republican system.
First you have the Rat Pack, Frank, Dino, and Jerry. Now Frank is leading the opposition and pretending and hiding his involvement. Truthfully he’s running the show. Right now, Frank is marshalling his two generals Dino and Jerry. They have been doing this for years. Frank’s mad because the Prez cut the heart out of him when he took the responsibility of the campground from him. Frank craves power and authority and essentially, wants the top spot or some other area where he can feed his addiction.Now Dino, a chameleon whom you never know what color he will appear, will talk to the devil to figure out what color he should be to gain his own selfish interest. Frank uses him.
Frank knows he has the gift of changing colors and will sell his soul. “He’s this way and that way with a smile of deceit. What he doesn’t understand is the people’s resentment towards his deceit and self-centered mentality. Last of the rat pack is Jerry. He’s Frank’s hit man and will do anything to get the hits accomplish. Now what’s in it for them? Position and power and even some tainted Adventist recognition! And power certainly corrupts everything around it and all becomes evil. In the end the republican government looks on, and is thrilled with the rat pack. Because the main man would like one of his in, that might do his bidding and deal with the regional retirement. (Maybe?)
The third entity is the Bush Administration.The current Prez made the local conference a killing field for senior ministers. For me and others, he cut the heart out of good men and placed us in the trash bin. The laity is collecting the bones of dead men as souvenirs for their showcases while the Bush Administration looks on.
Last of all there is the Fraternity Brothers comprised of young pastors who are seeking position and power for recognition and fame. They are looking to be written into the annals of Adventist history as change agents. But they won’t be in the Southwest very long. Craving power and position that surely corrupts shows them the way toward their selfish desires all in the name of Christ. What they don’t realize is they will grow older too. They will eventually be on someone’s best list for hits. The Fraternity Brothers will end up in the trash bin if they continue to maintain and function within the republican system of deceit, failure, spiritual genocide, and cowardice. This system says, “You can’t move on unless you are a company person and validate the present system that will get you where you want to be. So yes, Sister Girl some ministers became the tools of evil. Cut throats!
Why am I angry? Let me be very clear, I’m one of those who are left behind.
What can we do?
“Lord God, step in and save all of us from ourselves!”
It seems that the Forgotten Shepherdess has forgotten a very important definition related to the role and function of a Shepherdess. From the blog title, it would seem more reasonable that the Forgotten Shepherdess would be more interested in opening a dialogue about opportunities to improve the plight of Shepherdesses in the ministry.
This current string of topics are issues that have been discussed for years, yes years, with very few meaningful conclusions reached. The unfortunate reality is that most of these issues will remain in a state of discussion and will not be resolved until Christ comes. Shepherdesses remembered and forgotten would welcome blogs that focus on the specific tasks that can be done to hasten the soon return of our Lord.
That being said, it may be a better use of time and resource to provide suggestions to support the truly forgotten shepherdesses and take the subjects in this blog to an appropriate forum where key issues can be discussed and recommendations can be shared with the appropriate persons.
Of course, another option is to modify or remove the ‘forgotten shepherdess’ label, retitle the blog, identify the blog founder and disclose the primary agenda or goal for this dialogue. This would raise the level of credibility surrounding these discussions and increase the chances for meaningful results. We love to remember and not forget our Shepherdesses, and welcome suggestions to step up our ministry to them as well as our Shepherds. This approach gives honor to Christ.
A young African American man was anxiously waiting to speak with Frederick Douglas, the famous abolistionist and lecturer. He approached Douglas and asked him for a word of advice as he started his political career. Douglas took the young man to his house and showed him his washing machine and said these words: Young man, when you look inside a washing machine you will notice that there is a device called an agitator. This device stirs things up in order to keep the clothes clean.” Your role in society said Frederick Douglas was to “agitate” “agitate “agitate. Sister Sheperdess, “you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” The only way that change will take place in this conference or any other is when we have the exchange of ideas. Never, allow anyone to discourage you are to weigh you down with their many suggestions on the purpose or method for this blog. Like the people of God used this methodology in South Central Conference to evoke change you have developed a forum for the gathering of ideas. God Bless you and all those who are not afraid to speak truth with wisdom and kindness.
Jonah_77-Expert on Strategic Planning
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The strategic planning commitee chair brings up several points that I would like to comment on. Again, the thought process for planning is going in the right dircetion. What we need to consider is the how. When corporations or organizations start to think large scale there are more levels. There are in my opinion three levels of heirarchy in the SWRC. The strategic level, which would be the president, offices, and executive committee. The level that was overlooked was the Operational level. That would be the pastors and churches. They however can operate at both the strategic and operational level. Then the last level is the constituents or tactical level. Thats where everything is executed according to the plans at the strategic and operational level. Strategy is direction and focused on all areas of work, growth, mentorship, building, and special projects. Operations is the break down of this strategy applied to the tactical level. In essence, knowing where you are going, how to get there and who is taking you. These simple principles can always take you to greatness. However, deviation from it to protect the few will lead to decline in morale, growth and spiritual fitness. What say you?