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Monday, April 21, 2008 

BCS Meeting

Her awesomeness, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway keeps us updated over at Augsburg 1530 on the Board of Communication Services. Two of the more interesting points;

Anyway, the latest version of Strand’s story is that he was acting under pressure from the Board of Directors and LCMS Treasurer Tom Kuchta when he abruptly fired Rev. Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz and canceled Issues, Etc.

It doesn’t take even a third grade education to understand that from the beginning the stories on why Issues, Etc. was cancelled and why Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz were fired would constantly change and evolve. The long silence and refusal to answer questions, the lack of accountability, the passing of the buck on who did what, and the attacks on those who speak out, is proof that that we are dealing with a corporate mentality as opposed to a church minded synod.

The other really interesting tidbit is this;

The other huge story from the meeting is that Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz told the BCS that they reject the hush money clause of the Synod’s proposed severance package are prepared to walk away from it — benefits and all — if the LCMS doesn’t rescind the gag order! The BCS decided against removing the gag order themselves — a move that would have done much to quell the storm — and instead put the whole issue into the hands of the law firm where, get this, David Strand’s wife serves as the chief counsel for the LCMS. So, the BCS decided to lawyer up.

Do church minded people propose gag orders? No they don’t, and no they are aren’t.

Read the whole post here.

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Heh, it's not even smart/good corporate mentality, is it? Nope, they half-assed it...

And then, they ended up looking just really, really bad when true churchmen stepped up & told them what they could do with their gag order-laced, poison-pill-parachute.

This is a Harvard Business School Case Study of what to do wrong at every step along the way of a potential PR snafu.

'Cause the Purple Palace/Violet Vatican surely has done just that...

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