REVIEW OF CONFERENCE RESTRUCTURING
South Carolina Annual Conference has been subject to restructuring for some time. The Council was first approached about it in April of 2010 (JCD 1147). This decision is the fourth in this series (JCDs 1147, 1204, 1222, and 1247)..
The persistence of the Council in following through on its concerns has minimized violations of connectionalism in the reorganization in South Carolina, one hopes. The previous decision pointed out the flaw in the plan regarding the significance of the Board of Global Ministries (JCD 1222). Although no details are supplied in the instant decision, the Council has approved whatever amendments the conference made.
All reorganization plans that have been detailed in decisions by the Council tended to centralize authority in the episcopal office and downplay groups that tend to have a mind of their own, based on the realities which they serve. I hope the acceptance by the Council minimizes those tendencies. In my experience, church law has not changed the heart of those who want control. Watchdogs, beware.