Passing Around the Monitoring Reports

Governance is no substitute for Mission


  1. Stepehn Cook1:31 PM

    As we experience from our work with church and district boards (and other, non-church boards of which we know,) boards, and leaders who work with boards, are a self-selected group composed largely of problem-solvers and doers. The ruminators, the thinkers about the cosmic significance of it all (like me) are in short supply there and, on balance, this is probably just as well. Things have to get done. However, the powerful drive of doers to “do something” even if they are not quite sure of what it is in service to can get the best of organizations. No shared theology, no shared mission and not a lot of money can leave these groups frustrated with the intractable nature of saving the world right away. It’s not surprising if they tend to focus on what little they can actually control. Hence, a lot of high-powered, highly committed people can get to work (with the great energy and small willingness to compromise that they truly would rather be spending on changing the real world) on wonky issues of governance. Upon short horizons, small objects loom large. In an Association that is loudly broadcasting its financial difficulties, it has evidently seemed to our leaders that dropping $100,000, without blinking, to sort out their petty power squabbles is an appropriate use of funds. Was there no one in that room who might have raised that point, who might have ruminated, if only for a minute, about the significance of this group spending that kind of money on its own hissy fit, or were they all so besotted with their own self-importance that they lost sight of their very purpose?

  2. Clyde Grubbs11:36 AM

    Stephen, this Board's work involves compromise.

    The administration has attensted to needing to develop the skills in measuring success of programs. There was agreement that the right kind of consultancy would help move toward this goal.

    How does simply passing on a tens of millions of dollars of programs compare to finding a way to evaluate efficacy? For you, it is a petty squaggle, but not sure if you have understand the seriousness with which the BoT takes its budget responsibliities.

  3. Clyde Grubbs11:18 AM

    On Jesus Mission and Governance.

    Agree mission is prority, governance is process to realize deliberation and decision. Good governance is involves the people impacted in making the decisions that will impact them. (SDS alumni)

    The Jesus movement was larger than 13 guys but still it wasn't an Association like the UUA with endowements, and a thousand institutions some of whom are more interested in association than others. But the Jesus movement had a process for making decisions. Jesus died as a man, and rose as a Church, so somehow that group of "followers" learned to own the vision and go forth.

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