The plan to restructure the general church is undergoing, well, restructuring. Jay Brim of the Connectional Table—shown in conversation with North Georgia lay delegate Joe Whittemore (left)—said this morning that the Interim Operations Team proposal for creating a 15-person board to oversee program agencies of the church is now dead.
He said Bishop Greg Palmer, a leader of the IOT effort, sent an email yesterday acknowledging that there would have to be a bigger governing board.
Mr. Brim supports a 45-member board that would have proportional representation from the Central Conferences.
At a Connectional Table briefing today, delegates from Africa raised numerous questions about the restructuring of the general church, suggesting they need more time to study the various proposals.
David Muwaya, a delegate from the East Africa Conference, told me afterward that he would support pushing back a decision on restructuring until 2016. He said many delegates from Africa haven’t had the Internet access to study proposals as thoroughly as other delegates.