Mark Hagewood makes some good points in his comment on my previous post. While I am too tired to give a complete response, I feel like I need to clarify a few things:
- I absolutely agree the communication has been horrible in regards to this situation and that the correct action in trying to facilitate change in any organization is to bring in the stakeholders in an attempt to discern any leading toward change. That apparently hasn’t happened in this situation, which unfortunately seems to happen again and again in our communion at the general church, conference, and local church level.
- My last paragraph was not a plea in any way for “folks to get on board” with the vision. Rather it was a recognition that the CCOM has a lot of work to do if they think that there is any hope of salvaging this situation.
- What I do believe is that it would be difficult if not impossible for the two persons involved in this decision to return on staff as if nothing happened, especially since there seems no desire at this point to make changes at the executive level. The breach of trust between employer and employee (and yes, colleagues in ministry) is huge and not easily mended, and would therefore undermine attempts at collegiality in the future.
I have a bunch of other thoughts on this, but will hold them for later.