10.07Staff reductions ongoing at GMC
There have been a few emails from the Global Ministry Center over the past several weeks talking about reductions in staff. The SDMI department is the latest to announce major cutbacks. This came from Woodie Stevens, Global Director.
“This is an update on the previously-announced changes in Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) by the Board of General Superintendents (BGS). The BGS and the leadership of SDMI want you to know the reason for this rethinking of SDMI and what it is likely to mean for local churches, districts, and educational institutions whose students are preparing for service in the field of religious education.
The decision of the BGS to initiate major changes within SDMI (including elimination of the positions of the directors of Adult Ministries and Children’s Ministries) was driven by 1) the continued reconstitution of the Global Ministry Center and its new relationship with the local church and 2) the ongoing financial challenges rising from the harsh economic realities facing nearly all mission interests of the denomination.
Beginning in 2009 and especially since the General Board Session in February 2011, departments and ministries at the GMC have been in the process of restructuring. Final action on reducing SDMI to five full-time employees under the direction of Woodie Stevens was taken after much prayer among church leaders and in consultation with the Executive Committee of the General Board.
The number of employees and contracted missionaries serving the GMC has been reduced by approximately 40 during this time. The SDMI decision was a continuation of this process. We are grateful for the diligent and faithful work of all who have served, including those in SDMI.”
The “economic downturn” in the global economy is affecting all of us. What should our response be? Every sanctified disciple should step forward to help, voluntarily. There was a time when all of these things were handled by volunteers who had the gifts, abilities, and the time. Many pastors have extra time in their schedule. There are students in universities who could help as a part of their education. There are ways to get the job done when there is no money to pay employees.
What do you think?