As part of the conversation BUGB is having about the future their website has a survey that anyone involved in Baptist life is invited to complete. SurveyMonkey questionnaires are of course only part of the solution, the danger sometimes is that they make a monkey out of survey results; by forcing you to make choices based on the questions asked rather than the values and assumptions behind them.
Nevertheless if you haven’t done the survey can I encourage you to do so here. And as you do think what aspects of the current Union and Association set up could we live without and which parts are essential. If you or your church were paying directly for the services, what would you do without? If we separated out giving towards the cost of Union and Associations from Home Mission Grants to churches what proportion of your current giving would you give to each?
And what if we scrapped the lot and started again, perhaps encouraging larger churches to take responsibility for wider Baptist life in their areas; developing low cost advice provision for churches; funding 30 people who had regional & national co-ordination responsibilities and conducting much of our national life through working groups accountable to a Council? (I recognise this isn’t without cost, not least to the people who are currently employed and am not proposing we do it, simply suggesting options).
As always comments welcome.