UPDATE: On the morning of Thursday, July 9, 2020, G. Alexander Bryant was confirmed as the new North American Division president by the General Conference Executive Committee with an affirming vote of 153-5.
Jeremy I can understand your saying “… the natural successor” with this nomination. However, the problem is that the “natural successor” is exactly why the good old boy network continues to be a problem with keeping the Sandra Roberts from being considered. That and the fact that women should remain silent in church philosophy.
i don’t think this is a factor for anything having to do with NAD…there’s no chance NAD is going to buckle under any GC pressure, if there is any…
the reality is that we have to face the fact that the floyd murder has made a white president impossible…not only is bryant the natural successor, but he has the advantage of being black, and therefore just what the dr. ordered for our time…if anyone other than bryant were nominated, it would be perceived to be unfair because it would be unfair…NAD has made the right choice…
and a black NAD president may smooth things over with africa, who knows…
i think all these nominations need to be carefully considered, not only in terms of their substance, but their optics and subliminal messaging potential, as well…it will be interesting to see who our next GC president will be…i’ll shocked if it isn’t TW…
I agree that TW is going to be re-elected and I believe that regardless the color of skin the good old boy network is a high priority both with the GC but also in the NAD.
I have little faith in any election all the way down to the local conference. That’s not to say Dan Jackson didn’t try but if you are a denominational employee you learn that how you play the game is more important than qualification for the job.
The biggest concern of the GC and NAD will be when they realize the members don’t care who is elected. The Union Level is where the real authority lies. The authority to ordain. The Unions have to deal first hand with the reduced finances and be responsive to the needs of their constituents. Unfortunately the Union leaders are pecking to get to the Division level. Serving two masters never works. If the legacy of 10 years of Ted Wilson leadership is 5 more years, unless he has.a road to Damascus experience, I am not sure what the church will look like in 2025.
I looked up Alex Bryant’s 2011 doctoral dissertation at Fuller, which is: “Assisting First-Position Leaders in Transition to Executive Secretary Roles” (2011). It can be found here: https://digitalcommons.fuller.edu/dmin/65/. Just a little more info/background on the new guy…
Thank you for the link Carolyn.
If AB’s dissertation project is indicative of his thinking
and general disposition, WO is likely to be in ‘good shape’
in the future, in the NAD (cf. pp. 112-114, 120).
Also, he is not short on ideas when it comes to dealing with
people like TW. (e.g. pp. 160, 161).
"…unless he has.a road to Damascus experience, I am not sure what the church will look like in 2025."
One thing will be that the membership trajectory will continue to diminish…maybe even a schism at some point. There will be less and less reason(s) for young people to stay with sexism, racism, and other “isms” on full display. The GC needs a Servant Leader who knows how to lead by acknowledging what century the church is in and how to allow for concientious differences.