I don’t know what the organizational mission of the bureaucratic arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is but I can say with absolute assurance that what I know of the shenanigans that surround the development of the former Church College of New Zealand site is evidence of some serious spiritual slippage. Everyone involved in the deception, the coercion, the manipulation and the spiritual blackmail to turn this property over to developers while running rough shod over the feelings of good people who care about their community should be deeply ashamed. I will be writing about the CCNZ debacle shortly, but let me say now that the weight of evidence from the public records indicates that I (as are others) are justified in our concern.
All church’s have an administrative arm. Its inevitable. But when the ecclesiastical, pastoral, missionary work of the church is held ransom by the bureaucratic arm there is a serious imbalance that needs checking. And this outrage will only be relieved;
- When my ward gets to retain more money than it sends away to serve our community, my people.
- When more decisions are devolved to the local units of the church to handle independently
- When people are considered more important than property.
- When the corporation is transparent about its operations enough that donors can see where the money goes.
- When the names, jobs, contact details of the Mormon Corp. managers are published so that they can be contacted directly.
- When a management tier is scrapped off the top and the business organization becomes flatter, collaborative and less hierarchical.
- When the Salt Lake City Offices learn to take advice from its worldwide members because locals generally know better than petty religious bureaucrats in America what is better for them.
- When Mormons stop seeing the corporate, paid, employed, bureaucratic arm of the church as an extension of Jesus Christ.
- When the bureaucracy stops using the ecclesiastical arm of the church to front for its failed policies and procedures.
- When Area Offices cease mimicking Salt Lake City and stand up to them on behalf of the local communities.
- When our generosity and service as communities aren’t used as a publicity tools for the PR department.