If you visit the Café often, you know that the Episcopal Church is giving some thought to revising its governing structures. Since this process began, I have been on the lookout for proposals made by people who aren't riding the horse of reform down the path of "more power for me!"
I would like to direct your attention to two writers worthy of attention. One is our own George Clifford, who discusses church structure in a two-part article on Daily Episcopalian. (Part one is here, look for Part Two tomorrow.) The other is the Very Rev. Tom Ferguson, dean of Bexley Hall Seminary. Tom has a series of pieces (here, here, here, here and here) that get deeply into the weeds--but in a good way--on the issue of structural reform. Together both writers move us to a far more sophisticated place that--let's save money by cutting back on lay representation. I don't agree with everything they have to say, but their writing is worth a read.