One of the great privileges of recent years was the invitation to participate as a scholarship student in a seminar on the thought of the famous quality expert and managment philosopher W. Edwards Deming. One the instructors was the statistician Gypsie Ranney. Here is a recent reflection of hers on the fate of the Big Three. It is interesting that it was written before the GM Bankruptcy. It doesn’t take much translation to apply some of these insights to the crisis that mainline churches are experiencing.