My thoughts for Greenway thus far have been 1) get to the meeting in Atlanta if at all possible and 2) confess and repent for not returning to the Task Force meeting and for the ultimatum issued to the Task Force. In this last thought on what President Greenway might do to retain the presidency I suggest his repentance should a) go deep and b) include accountability so it won't happen again.
a) It seems clear to me that if there were not long standing issues between certain board members and Greenway, this would not have happened. Greenway himself would not have been this provoked, and the EXCO itself would have overlooked his immediate conduct.
So while the charge of insubordination is the focal charge, it is not the underlying problem for President Greenway.
[As a side note, I believe personally that parts of the board have their own issues that the board as a whole really needs to resolve if Asbury is to remain a credible Christian seminary. There are plenty of secular Methodist seminaries already if someone wants to go to one of them. And I'm not even talking about a truly Wesleyan, warm hearted seminary. How many of those are there around (Duke and who else?). I have great fears for Asbury if President Greenway alone is made the scapegoat for this crisis, if there is no repentance on the part of some on the board, whoever they may be. Those with power may easily win on earth, but power doesn't count for anything in heaven, only foolishness and weakness.
Because of this crisis, several have already questioned openly whether Asbury is a worthwhile place for a warm hearted Christian, particularly one in the holiness tradition, to study for ministry (one graduate soberly announced he was returning his diploma). They have called into question not only the board, but the faculty and alumni like me as well for our part in the crisis. If all that comes out of this is the firing of Greenway, we can smile all we want but Asbury's reputation will be ruined for the near future. Unless there is a broader repentance and/or disciplining, beyond Greenway, Asbury will enter more troubled waters than these days have been.
If any on the board have stumbled on here, I beg the collective board, whether it believes itself to be completely in the right or not, to humble itself and repent as well for its part in the crisis. We can repent for corporate sin even when we don't know of any individual sin on our part.]
But these matters are matters for the board to deal with, not President Greenway. He can only repent of his part in these events. No doubt his failure to return and ultimatum constitute a pattern to those who think he should no longer be president. President Greenway himself will know what particular incidences they might have in their mind.
He will need to swallow hard, admit these, and repent of these as a part of his repentance on this occasion. Are there incidences where the board or chair instructed him to do something where he resisted for anything less than "by the book" reasons? He will need to repent of these sorts of things if he is to survive, I believe. Name them (they're thinking them) and say you were wrong. In short, in his repentance of insubordination, he will need to repent deep--he will need to own up to anything even vaguely resembling a weakness he has done these last two years relevant to the charge of insubordination.
b) He will need to show that it won't happen again. He will need to set up some system of accountability to ensure it. Lay out concrete steps he's taking to be different. "Here are five things I'm going to do differently." And make them five really good things.
Maybe he could set up an accountability group made up of individuals who the board respects and trusts to hold him to it. Maybe even invite some of those who don't get along with him on the board to help keep him accountable. If they're worthy to be stewards of Asbury's heritage, they'll be willing to do it.
These are the kinds of things I think President Greenway needs to do if he is to remain President Greenway. And if he can be this Christ-like, surely the board will respond in turn.