Way back in May 2009, before we met in Louisville, before we had a Reorganization Task Force, and back when all of our agency executive suites had names on the doors, Gary Ledbetter wrote the best article so far on the subject of the Great Commission Resurgence. The time has come, I believe, to revisit Ledbetter's wise words; therefore, I am providing for you a link to his article.
For those of you who are too lazy to click the link (you know who you are), I provide a summary of Ledbetter's main recommendations to the yet-to-be-created task force. Reading my executive summary is no substitute for reading the whole article, but it would provide a good starting-place for you.
“The makeup of the task force must be broadly representative of those who will actually attend the SBC annual meeting and participate in the convention’s business more than once or twice.”
“I suggest that the members of the task force commit that they will not, for at least two years, accept any vocational ministry position (job) or be paid for writing a book related to or growing out of the work of the task force.”
“The committee must find a way to do its work in the sunlight” (by which Ledbetter was suggesting that the press and the public be invited into the meetings). Golden line in this section: “Presenting the convention messengers with a fait accompli next spring will be less effective than keeping us all in the loop. Surprise us and we may still endorse it, but many of us will not support it.”
“It would be timely and responsible to put a cap on what this task force can cost the SBC.”
Questions: Do you agree with me that this is good advice? Do you believe that the task force is following this advice? However you answered the previous question, how do you believe the task force's following or ignoring of this advice is affecting their effectiveness?