Thursday, September 01, 2005

Rocky Mountain doing the impossible

Some Conferences and Unions have claimed that changing tithe policy would be impossible because every Adventist in the whole world (I'm paraphrasing here) would have to agree to such a policy change (In October 2004, Don Schneider actually claimed that all 1 Million North American Adventists would have to be in his office with a unanimous vote before he could pioneer any changes).

Well, Rocky Mountain has done the impossible. You can read the story here. If a church exceeds its tithe goals for the year, the conference sends 50% of the excess back to the local church (for the work of the ministry). This certainly flies in the face of those who claim that the conference is the only legitimate "storehouse" for tithe (while the church is a legitimate "storehouse" for offering... or some such thing).

You can read the whole new tithe policy here.

Ever since October 2004, I have claimed that all power for institutional change is held at the local conference level. May God richly bless those who are willing to create the future of Adventism, instead of merely waxing nostalgic about the past.