I've had 'conversations' also and the messages that seem to filter into FM are mixed. It is not getting transmitted the same, to the different regions. I read messages on this board that clearly indicate understanding is not the same everywhere, or else there is some disparity between the FM groups. I can imagine FM taking care of areas of the church that have had rapid growth over the last 5-10 years not needing to do as many high-dollar projects as an area like mine where there are large projects every year just to keep our old buildings and parking lots presentable to the general public.
It seems there should be some kind of actual Policy implemented, this information is understood differently by different groups, it is demonstrable on this board with a few clicks: Here is an example of the confusion:
- Do I replace all meetinghouse firewalls with the new Cisco 881W
- Do I implement a wireless network using the Cisco 1041N in all meetinghouses
- Do I wire ethernet ports to all spots in the building with permanent computers or needs identified by ecclesiastical leaders
We have speculated in our stake that some FM see this as an 'unfunded mandate' I don't quite understand that if this is a direction we are going, why there isn't a $ value assigned to each meetinghouse that can be drawn from to implement these items, rather than identify a need, put it in a budget and get it a year or two later.
I sort-of see this like the lesson scheduler application that came out. The developers stated one of their goals was to implement it in such a manner that if individual wards wanted to roll it out, regardless of what the Stake is doing, they could. It seems to me that if a stake wants to roll out technology, their FM group shouldn't be the reason it isn't happening (for whatever reason FM isn't actively pursuing the meetinghouse 2011 'soft guidelines' (no budget funds is still a very big reason this isn't done, as far as I know FM can't go justify additional funds for a current year, only for the following year).
I saw the initial proposed budget in our stake for 2013. Not a firewall, or wireless access point in there, not a project to locate our firewall equipment from clerk offices to the attic or a more secure location, nothing about running Ethernet cables.