A Process with Integrity?


During my time at General Conference I have been tasked with following the Legislative Committee on General Administration. This is the committee responsible for processing the major General Agency restructuring proposals. As I indicated in my blog before General Conference, I had some skepticism regarding the proposals. I am also very much a process person.

So far, I have been impressed with the work of the legislative committee. So far, the proponents of all the proposed plans have been respectful of the process and have not attempted to manipulate the parliamentary procedures of the committee to build momentum and preference for a specific proposal. We spent the first full day of committee work in "holy conversation," not legislative maneuvering.

I don't know how long the good humor will continue, but so far, there has been integrity of discussion and process.

Mark Bateman
Mark Bateman is a delegate to the 2016 Western Jurisdiction Conference and will be attending General Conference as an additional reserve delegate and observer. Mark serves as a lay representative on the Board of Ordained Ministry and was part of the 2012 Delegation. He lives in Salem, Oregon.