Sorry to be a noob.... what's COBE?
CoBE Joins those Elders Deserting the Sinking Ship
Based on an earlier thread, @konceptual99 might have some local knowledge, but I'm going to wager that this was the Kingsweston congregation. Chatter suggests that the CBoE's youngest daughter packed in the "truth" and he fell on his sword. Others may know more.....
CoBE - Coordinator of the Body of Elders used to be called Presiding Overseer before 2008 and way back in 1971 before the elder arrangement it was the Congregation Servant.
Not local personally but I know an elder in one of the recently affected congregations. He's well in but I always try and get some info on the occasions we speak.
Word is that he is a man with a young family who is stressed out and has had enough.
This then leaves more work for the rest of the eldurs on the body.
When it comes to the organization and stress, there are two types:
- Those that feel stress and get exhausted.
- Those that create the stress and exhaust others.
- Thanks Stan and Freddo.
Stress is often given as a reason for elders stepping down, it's fairly socially acceptable, and it could be true. It could also be he is tired of begging for money for the governing body when he knows people are already giving as much as they can, I can't imagine it's a very pleasant experience. But he wouldn't be able to give that as a reason, could he?
I mentioned on another thread having stepped down last year and being enraged by a recent CO visit where he said that bros who do not reach out have something wrong with their heart and, like Peter, are following Jesus "at a distance."Quite a few bros in our hall could serve but don't seem to want the stress. At one time we had 11 elders, now there are 5.
Welcome hyacinth , or should I say Mrs Bucket , glad to hear your hubby`s on the same page .
Look forward to hearing your experiences in the Borg.
As for the OP , let`s hope it`s the start of an Avalanche size exit from the org.