Archbishop Welby wants to stem the coming tidal wave of decline in the Church of England while, at the same, prepare Bishops and senior clerics for leading church institutions. His approach has created controversy.
But while the convention was charging us to go in one way, there were signs that we have serious signs of dislocation that threaten to keep us stuck in spiral of institutional struggle and scarcity thinking.
Laurie Brock, at the blog Dirty Sexy Ministry, believes some things “have lived w-a-y beyond their expiration dates in the Church.” These include half-baked liturgy, pathologically unhealthy clergy, and “padding your Average Sunday Attendance by adding in wedding and funeral attendance and just making things up.” She
So for the Christian, is work a necessary evil–a way to earn money so we can do God’s work on the weekends? Or is it the primary expression of human creativity and mission? Baptist minister Matt Perlman suggests a theology of work that challenges the idea that daily work and faithful living are separate spheres.
Previously at the Café, we have discussed ettiquette around pastoral transitions at length. But while it is one thing to modify relationships in real time, what do you do with relationships maintained over Facebook?
Alban Institute addresses the issue of social media and pastoral
Maritens N. Sison writes in Anglican Journal of the continuation of meetings between four church leaders. From his