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We continue to get many questions about what congregations can and can't do regarding electioneering. Can a congregation rent space to a political party? Can a congregation allow its mailing list to be used? Can a candidate be allowed to speak at a congregational event? Can a congregation or minister take a stand on an issue?
In another step towards taking our district virtual we are eliminating the paper directory. Those of you who have been following us in our adventure of creating a virtual office know that with each virtual step we take, our goal is to reduce cost, to provide better service, and to provide new kinds of service not possible in a conventional office. We also want to create a community of learning with the many congregations who are working on this also. In the past two years we have been developing an online directory. This is better than the paper directory in that it is more up-to-date and it is available from any computer that has an internet connection.
How do we lead well in such a period? Many of our favored images of leadership presume a wider prospering wider environment. Our images of leadership in times of austerity tend to focus on cutting of budgets and staff, and moth-balling of projects and—in general—contenting ourselves with a paler, weaker version of what we had hoped and dreamt. Must being a leader in a time of prosperity mostly mean raining on the parade?