The District/CEF fiasco is in a new phase. The Chief Restructuring Officer has created a Plan of Arrangement to recover as much money for depositors as possible. Depositors will still probably take a huge loss – in the range of 50 percent – on their investments. But in financial terms, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Sure, it’s a dim light, but there’s light. The big financial concerns are really outside of the control or the interest of the church – where they belong.
A week ago, Pastor Andrew Craig wrote a blog entitled “Be Bold. Be Truthful.” In it he made the case that – in the District/CEF financial scandal – the 8th commandment has been misused by church leaders to stifle open and honest dialogue.
This podcast is a conversation with Pastor Craig that expands on the ideas in his blog. Pastor Craig is very open, frank, and at times emotional, not because the church has changed, but because he fears it might NOT change.
I think this podcast is important; it’s possibly the first really open discussion – in public – about the problems the church is facing. We identify a few key weaknesses as a church body. We also examine some simple ways church leaders can start to deal with the situation: by being bold and truthful.
It’s a plea to face the situation as it is, and not pretend it’s business as usual.
Andreas Schwabe is editor and publisher of SolaGratia.ca, and an Edmonton-based multimedia & communication strategist and producer. His focus for SolaGratia is on administration, governance, and issues of faith. For clients, he writes or produces just about anything.