The political season may be open in terms of the GC Executive Secretary. However, The General Conference leadership has been very slow to respond to the needs of the South Pacific Division for an Executive Secretary. This role has been vacant since late September 2020.
In past times South Pacific Division officers have been chosen between GC Sessions by a process in which the GC President would Zoom in and be the chairperson of a specially convened Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee Report would then be handed on to the South Pacific Division Executive to be actioned, and would be passed to the General Conference Executive Committee to be ratified. Such a process has been initiated several time in recent years without difficulty.
There appears to be little will to fill the position of South Pacific Division Executive Secretary before the upcoming 2022 GC Session in St Louis. The SPD Associate Secretary is not even acting in the role of her missing superior, according to my best information. The said Executive Secretary departed under a cloud, but no amount of sleuthing has revealed the exact reason for his rather rapid demise. It is thought not to be the result of money or sex but rather a murky inter-personal conflict of some description.
It may be (and here I am surmising to a great degree) that the GC leadership is disatisfied with the SPD officer leadership to some degree and is looking to upend it. Perhaps David Trim and Gary Krause could feature here.
The SPD Discipleship Ministries Team since 2015 have sought to develop a greater synergy between the traditional departments. So they have developed new structures and cultivated more of an intentional discipleship focus. In the next few months, the second tier of this redevelopment will be roled out with most of the SPD Discipleship Ministries Team being reassigned. This redevelopment of church ministries within the SPD and its sub-entities will involve developing new structures and focus being aligned to the four or five strategic areas of mission concern = church planting, media ministry, mission to the cities, comprehensive health ministries, leadership development etc. The SPD Ministries personnel will certainly operate under a very wide umbrella.