Monday, October 27, 2008

Reviewing the Pacific Union Recorder

November 2008
Vol. 6, Issue 6

This issue is one of the best of the year. The articles are well written and, for the most part, informative and interesting. I have some Bouquets to hand out, and a few comments, but no Black Eyes. One illustrative photograph, however, deserved separate attention. (See my October 24 post, They say a picture is worth 1000 words.)

Youth Make Over Vet’s Home During Camp Meeting Week reported by Phil Draper
Penn Valley church Member Launches Adult Care Program reported by Chuck Starnes.
Marriage Amendments Spark Online Debate reported by Gerry Chudleigh.

Ricardo, I wish you would, at least occasionally, inform readers about the challenges the Pacific Union faces in terms of administrative achievements, policy and financial decisions, bureaucratic snafus, and the day-to-day challenges that you face an administrator. You are charged with leading half of the ethnically and socially diverse Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Members need to see you as an administrative leader not a pastor.

By the way, your homily on The Unparalleled Power of Prayer is cliché riddled, and confusing, particularly when you discuss the power of prayer. It is my prayer that in the future, you will write as our CEO.

As an emeritus professor of education and past Adventist School Board Member and acting principal, I noted the Northern California Conference’s Action Plans for Education spelled out in the article reported by Julie Lorenz.

This “new” action plan isn’t new. It’s been proposed many times before, and it has not produced much in the way of positive change at the school level. My suggestion would be for the NCC along with every church in the conference to guarantee the tuition of all Adventist students who wish to attend Adventist schools. We used to call it the Temple Plan. Our principals and teachers don’t need a new plan. They need the unconditional moral and financial support of every church member in the Conference.

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