Don House is an influential figure in the UMC, chairing the Economic Advisory Committee of the General Council of Finance and Administration (GCFA) and South Central Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee, and serving on the board of the Texas Methodist Foundation. A research economist and longtime member of A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas, he also has been in a delegate to four General Conferences, and will be a delegate again in the 2012 General Conference, set for April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Fla.
Mr. House participated in the recent Pre-General Conference Briefing. There the Call to Action reform proposals—including restructuring of general church agencies, redirecting $60 million in general church funds to boost the number of “vital congregations” and creating a “set-aside” bishop—were debated. During a break in that event, Mr. House shared insights and concerns with managing editor Sam Hodges. The exchange continued by email, and was edited into the following interview.