Last week also marked the first meetings of the newly formed International and National Mission Boards. I have no doubt that these boards will figure out their task in relatively short order, but I spoke with many of the members and observers of these boards and, well, it’s going to be a bit tough.
By definition, no one serving on these boards has any experience on them. Usually a board carries over at least a few members with institutional memory. There is none, since these were just created out of whole cloth. There’s a great deal of question about what the parameters for each board are, what their oversight areas are, whether they have any real authority, what — if any — authority they have.
There’s been something of a revolution at Synodical headquarters — and not just in personnel, obviously. Somehow the elected, appointed, volunteer and professional members of these boards and agencies are going to have to figure out what’s going on.
Many of the people who were elected to serve on these new mission boards weren’t fans of restructuring. But I heard that even those who were supporters of restructuring were surprised or dismayed at the new structure.
So please keep everyone in your prayers as they work overtime to get everything figured out. It’s very important that the work of the church continue.