Off to BUGB Council again tomorrow; an extra one to progress the conversation about the Futures process. Many people, several of them friends, have invested a lot of work in this yet I go with a heavy heart because I don’t think we have identified the vision and strategy needed.
- I don’t see Association Partnerships, in the way that is envisaged, achieve anything other than a layer of bureaucracy and levers of centralised control.
- The presuppositions which shaped the situation we are in still persist; particularly assumptions about Home Mission giving, an over reliance on ethos of service provision and a desire to preserve as much as possible rather than restructure for a sustainable future.
- Any future that doesn’t see us put a greater proportion of our resources into front line mission and ministry doesn’t deserve support.
- Although many people like some of the ideas, when you get to the detail there is neither enough change nor enough speed to change the culture.
- Whilst I prefer the idea of national ministry (see previous post) whichever model is used needs to come with a clear sense of roles and accountability. People need to be released to exercise their gifts; but we need to have the right people in the roles and the right accountability structures.
- I also wonder if the current senior post holders in the Union believe in the proposals; if they don’t why should the rest of us?
Yet I also have a responsibility to the Union to work with other people on Council to find a way forward. Which leaves me with a dilemma, should I speak up even if it appears that I’m being difficult or should I keep quiet?