Last month in Snowbird, Utah, Presbyterian Church, USA, middle governing body (MGB) executives and the General Assembly Council had a joint meeting to reflect on the future of the church and explore how the two groups could more collaboratively work together. Darrell Guder got things going with an address about being missional. MGB Executives and General Assembly Council members met over the next two days to explore what this all might mean for the future of the church.
Written comments were collected from discussion groups and given to a five person writing team (I was privileged to be one of the five) to bring together what we read and heard into a document that would provide a snapshot of what we collectively discerned were the issues that confront us in September of 2008, as well as suggestions for next steps in addressing the issues we identified.
The document is being called "A Working Covenant for Review." We are expecting more input from MGB executives and GAC folks over the next couple of months before we finalize the document in January. The intent is to use the document to focus our discussion over the coming months until we meet again next fall. The document is at the MGB Connect site and the link directly to the pdf document is: An Invitation to Renew Our Commitment and Mission Together
I thought some of my Presbyterian readers might find this an interesting window into how these two groups of leaders in the denomination are trying to process the changes that confront the church.