As a Convinced Friend, I think for me what was the most difficult fact about Quakerism to absorb was the vast amount of decentralization regarding Friendly structure. Being used to other faiths where one focal point served as the seat of centralized authority, it was an adjustment to learn that every Yearly Meeting was often a law unto itself and that there were often divisions within that from monthly meeting to monthly meeting.
I know at times this design can be isolating, rather than unifying, and that those who make a point to find commonality among Friends sometimes stumble over both the written and unwritten protocols governing each Yearly Meeting in particular, and often each monthly meeting.
My question then is, if we, quite hypothetically, were to adopt a more centralized structure, what would it look like? What reservations would Friends bring to the table? What problems with the existing structure would we seek to rectify in a brand new approach?