This past Saturday, the TTF worked diligently on our goal to “present a clear structure for our Presbytery.” This task will include an organizational structure for our work as well as a recommendation for future staffing.One of the things that guided our work on Saturday was remembering our history.
Several years ago, the mission council of NB Presbytery was comprised of the committee chairs of the various committees of our Presbytery. (At the time, that was probably 8-12 committees). There were two concerns that developed overtime: overworking the committee chairs and a lack of representation of the whole.
In response, we created a mission council that was fully representative of the whole but not connected directly to the work of the committees of our Presbytery. It also decentralized the organization so that communication didn’t work.
As we create a structure to recommend to you, we are committed to creating a centralized organization that also prevents safeguards against burnout.
The second thing that guided our work on Saturday was some a conversation about technical vs adaptive change. Technical change is often marked by creating programs, using experts and expertise, relying on polity as regulation as we create programs. Adaptive change on the other hand, is marked by clarity and vision, group learning, imaginative thinking and long term planning.
As we continue to create a structure to recommend to you, we are committed to creating a structure that allows for adaptive change.
Centralized and adaptive – we’ve got our work cut out for us. Please pray for us as we continue to envision our future work and the best way organize ourselves to do it.