I have watched with growing concern now as the Strategic Plan is passed in our General Assembly with an enormous minority voting against it. It really doesn’t matter at this point whether the SP has merit or not. That point can be argued, and I am not necessarily opposed to every aspect of it, like many of my conservative friends are. What really bothers me right now is the rhetoric of unity that was used to push through this plan, when it is plain as a pikestaff that we are anything but unified. Some of these votes were split nearly fifty-fifty! The Presbyteries need to know this as they are deliberating over the course of the next year whether to pass the funding plan or not. Don Clements makes the excellent analogy here to a pastor being voted on by a congregation. The BCO provides that if a sizable minority does not agree with the choice, then the majority should be urged to desist from pursuing their plan. I would think (in agreement with Don Clements) that the majority should not pursue the passing of this plan with such a vocal and large minority opposing it. That is the true path of unity at this point in time. We need something else. We need a very careful analysis of why we are not gaining members (I would suspect it has to do with using methods other than what God has ordained in order to stimulate growth). Jon Payne’s overture already addresses most of these, though without the analysis. We need to refocus our denomination on the means of grace that God has given us.