A friend of mine (Jay Newland) just sent me a fascinating site talking about the future of the Assemblies of God: Future AG.
Sites like these are controversial in our movement because we wish to avoid the appearance of politics — it seems too tawdry for us. But our goal is not to be non-political (as though that were possible), but to be wise in our selection process. Conversations such as those at Future AG can help us make wiser choices, and are therefore a good thing.
One post was extremely helpful to me, and so I share it in the hope it will be helpful to others as well.
Here is how it will work. When we arrive we will be asked to nominate someone for the position of general superintendent followed by the assistant general superintendent, general secretary, AG World Missions executive director and members of the Executive Presbytery. Any ordained minister can be nominated.
In the past this has been done by writing someone’s name down on a piece of paper, however, voting this year will be conducted electronically. This should speed up business considerably. For example, following an election results should be available in 10 minutes rather than the hour or more it has taken in the past.
With these changes, it is important that you register early. Go to www.ag.org and you can register online before August 3rd. If you miss that date make sure to register immediately upon arrival.
Voting will require: Registration, Voter ID Badge, Voter Guidebook
Voting delegates will receive a voting number on the back of their registration cards, which will give them access to the voting machine.
If one nominee receives two-thirds of the ballots cast by the delegates at the general council, a winner will be declared. That is what happened in 2001 and 2005 when Trask was re-elected.
If no one receives the two-thirds majority, the voting is limited to the top 15 vote-getters.
If that doesn’t produce a winner, the field is cut to the top three.
You might also wish to check out http://www.agleadershipchange.blogspot.com/