Church Governance

Over-all contribution of the Union Conference level of our organization

Name: Dr. Bill Richardson

City, State: Berrien Springs, MI

Regarding the NAD discussion about reviewing church structure: This would be a good time to re-activate a discussion about the over-all contribution of the Union Conference level of our organization. The Union Conference officers travel a great deal, attend many committee meetings, often at some distance from the home office. The total expense of this travel has to be staggering. Would the mission of our church really be weakened if this level of our organization were radically reduced or dismantled. Since jobs are at stake, assembling an objective study commission would be difficult. But if we are serious about looking at our structure, this suggestion seems reasonable. I do hope that the talk about our structure is real and that the results would be transparent for all of us who are interested.