The Carver Model, or I should say, the misuse of the Carver Model, is causing damage at the local level. The denominational staff is advocating this model to some of our young, idealistic, and inexperienced pastors for the reorganization of their local congregations.
In each case I know of, it has caused significant conflict. The model seems to bring out the worst in everyone and everything when it is applied to RCA church government.
I need to say that I used the Carver Model myself in developing a Board of Directors for a Christian school in Hoboken, NJ. For the right application the Carver Model has positive attributes, though it is far from perfect.
But a local Reformed Church is hardly the right application. What a mess we’re facing in some of our churches. Good grief.
The denominational staff, however, will not have to pick up the pieces. We classis members will have to. What if, what if, what if the leader of our denomination had been a parish pastor, or had some parish experience in the RCA, or had ever been active in classis?
What if the Supreme Court had voted differently in Gore versus Bush.