Just to let you know that the S2 has come back from London with my deletion on it, so I expect it to be announced on Thursday, it will be interesting to see how "my brothers and sisters" treat me
Anyway with regards to my experience to the new format of elders meetings...
Some of you may be aware of the change to the format announced at the the Elders Seminar 2002 and in the subsequent letter, regarding the handling of an elder whose child has been involved in serious conduct.
basically the change is that a special elders meeting is held, where the elder is questioned by the body on why he thinks his child got into trouble? was it his fault? did he study with them? etc....
He then leaves the room while the elders talk about him behind his back and decide if he still qualifies etc.. (the new official format) before he was allowed to stay.
So two weeks before I resign, we have this elder that no one likes, who has to face this meeting because of problems with his oldest son.
As you can imagine to his face no one really asked any questions everyone is as nice as pie to him.
I thought that this was strange because almost all of the other elders "mither" about him behind his back. about what a bad elder he was ( me I couldn't care less either way:)
However as soon as he leaves the room all hell breaks loose, all the elders who were too scared to speak to his face are now calling him all the names under the sun, and want him removed. This they managed with a majority vote. I was gobsmacked
The cowardice shown was nauseating to say the least and just added to my determination to resign as an elder.
I just wonder how many other Coward like BOE's are now using this new format of being able to make the decision without the elder present, to delete unliked elders.
looking forward to Thursday