Name: Andy McDonald
City, State: Orlando, Florida
According to the 2013 GC Statistical Report p. 8 there are 26,859 Evangelistic and Pastoral Employees and 27,788 Administrative, Promotional, Office, and Miscellaneous Employees. This is worse than 1:1! If we simply went to 2:10 we would save over a billion dollars a year @$50k per employee! We have a moral obligation to be better stewards. One payroll office for all of North America would save enormous amount of funds. With cars, cell phones, and the internet Union Conferences could absorb Local Conferences with minimal if any negative impact to the local church. A few years ago one of the conference presidents in the Columbia Union did a study that demonstrated that eliminating the conferences and going to Union oversight only would, at that time, save $7,000,000 per year in perpetuity that could be pushed to the local congregations where the vast majority of ministry occurs. While this is about "Church Governance" it may also be a means to infuse our educational system with desperately needed economic resources that could mean their survival. Consider looking at the reorganization of Red Cross which was set up very similar to our denomination until its re-organization eliminating duplication of services saving Red Cross $320 million and making their administrative overhead 9-10 cents of each dollar donated.