Yesterday we voted to approve the selection of Tom DeVries as the RCA's next general secretary. Most of you know that, but I state it in case some (from my congregation, for instance) are following only my blog.
I am fully in support of that action. I think Tom is a warmhearted, generaous, wise, and gifted follower of Jesus. I believe this selection is worthy of our approval.
Some might question that. For yesterday, I offered a motion to amend that would have put in place the requirement that the General Synod review and approve Tom's employment in six years.
I did this for a very simple reason.
It was not because I questioned Tom.
It was because of the authority of the Synod.
I believe that over the years, Synod has given away so much of its authority to the General Synod Council and to the general secretary. The indeterminate term of this position, with little or no consultation with the Synod, seems to have lead to an expanding scope of the position.
Some may point to Carver Policy Governance as justification for the methods of employment and contract review. I would offer, however, that although the GSC is bound by Carver, the Synod is not. Furthermore, the GSC is to be accountable to the Synod, not the other way around.
The motion to amend was defeated. But the issues I was trying to raise will not go away. I am glad that they at least received an airing.