Tony Jones blogs a reflection on the United Methodist General Conference that took place a couple of weeks ago.
The eye-popping numbers: It cost $1500/minute!!! (I hope someone does the numbers for our own General Convention).
Will Willimon comments. Willimon’s warning applies to us as well:
My organizational guru Ron Heifetz speaks of the “myth of the broken system.” Heifetz argues that all systems are “healthy” in that systems produce what those who profit from thesystemdesire. Though the CGC can’t produce a complicated, large scale, two week convention, the CGC produces a General Conference that protects those in positions of power in our church.
All bureaucracies are good at one thing: self-perpetuation. They may be good at other things, too, but the propagation of the gospel is not one of those. Bureaucracy is good at distributing drivers licenses. But bureaucracies are bad for the gospel.