There is no need to reiterate to you that these are complex and challenging days – you all know that abundantly.
On behalf of our Board and membership I would like to encourage you to remain positive and know that your leadership will make an impacting difference. As a board we will be considering the medium and long term implications as things progress.
I would also like to acknowledge the work and efforts of John and his team and the work they are doing to bring clarity and unity to our association. The work load and expectations on all of us has been relentless and our secretariat have continued to provide a calm, clarifying, gospel based voice of support for all of us. We are appreciative of the work load and service to all of us in many ways. You may not be aware that Roger was planning to reduce his FTE at the end of this term but has deferred this due to the COVID-19 situation and the impact of this on learning communities.
Synod Resolutions: a (remotely accessed) meeting was held between Executive Directors, Chairs of Regional Boards/Councils and the Chair of LEA and the Executive Director of LEA to continue to work through alignment of the Synodical resolutions with the scope, role, responsibilities and practices of LEA and the regions. This will continue to be ongoing work but progress was made in sharing issues that will hopefully lead to greater role clarity and protocols in to the future. Needless to say there is still a lot of work to do.
AGM: John mentioned in a communique that we would decide if and when the Associations AGM would go ahead. It was our hope that this would be the venue to releasing the new iteration of the Strategic Plan. Needless to say that work has been put on hold and it is incumbent upon us to actually re-strategize in light of how our current context plays out.
God’s blessings for the close of this term. Keep well and stay positive.