Rationale: Since the inception of the General Board, the work of administering the “connection” has become significantly more complex. The relationship between AME, Inc. and the General Board is woefully nondescript. The ambiguity of sections of the Discipline and the opaque operation of AME, Inc. have created areas of conflict which need serious legislative and strategic attention. This is CRITICAL.
Proposal: 1. AME, Inc., in its present form, cannot be allowed broad administrative functions beyond the view and control of the Council of Bishops and the General Board. 2. We need clear avenues for a. regular reporting in the interim of the General Conference; b. protocols to communicate strategies and desired outcomes of actions; c. a clear, concise guide for what constitutes necessary, discrete, independent action by AME, Inc.