In recent days we have seen reports of district presidents using the power and resources of their office to campaign for one candidate over another for synod president in the upcoming election. President Paul Linnemann wrote to the delegate-electors of his Northwest District, and President Robert Newton wrote to the delegate-electors of his California-Nevada-Hawaii District, both of them campaigning for David Maier against Synod President Matthew Harrison. Linnemann wrote on the official letterhead of the NOW District, and Newton wrote on the official letterhead of the CNH District.
Now comes a report of another district president using his office to campaign for Maier over Harrison, but this DP even takes it one step further. President Chris Wicher of the Eastern District–Wicher was a Jesus First supporter back in the day–DP Wicher has distributed an entire “Missional List” to his district’s delegates, at regional delegate orientation meetings, telling them which candidates to vote for at the convention. You can see the list here:
One value of this “Missional List” that I see is this: It would tell me which candidates NOT to vote for at the convention.
Linnemann, Newton, Wicher. . . . There seems to be a pattern emerging. I wonder if there are other DPs also using the power and resources of their office to campaign for candidates.
Oh, one other thing: The DPs who are using their office in this way? They would make a good “Retirement List” when they come up for re-election in 2015.