Last fall, when the amendments were being defeated by a 2 to 1 margin the Administrative Committee engaged in a 'full court press' to counter what it perceived to be misinformation. By December the votes in favor of the amendments were running slightly ahead of those against. Lost in this entire debate was something greater than merely funding the Administrative Committee -- negative votes might actually be a protest against the entire Strategic Plan.
A few days ago an 'unofficial' report began circulating that proposed amendments had failed when 1/3 of our presbyteries voted against them. Earlier today this was confirmed by our denomination's official publication.
From my perspective this brings up an interesting question. In our most recent statistics our denomination has 1442 churches and 298 mission churches for a grand total of 1740 churches. By my count, somewhere around 600 churches or about 34% of the denomination's congregations were represented at last year's General Assembly, when the Strategic Plan was adopted. As is well known many of the items were hotly contested and passed by slim margins including the proposed amendments.
If only 34% of our churches voted on the Strategic Plan last summer and those votes were split by very close margins, then the presbytery votes on the BCO Chapter 14 amendments could be interpreted as a backlash against the entire Strategic Plan.
At present this is an unprovable point, but I know that my vote against the BCO 14 amendments was my way of making known my displeasure with the entire Strategic Plan. Perhaps others did the same. In any event this a question that the Cooperative Ministries Committee ought to consider as it convenes tomorrow. Perhaps in its attempt to fix what it perceives to be wrong with the denomination the Cooperative Ministries Committee has awakened a sleeping giant.