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BOC Conference at Mickfield
16-05-2008, 01:43 PM,
Dear Michael,

I am sorry, but hardly surprised (alas) that the 'business model' has penetrated into the training of Anglican clergy.

In many ways what was said about the role of the priest was the antithesis of any such approach. His role within the body of Christ that is the Church is to be the icon of the bishop and the shepherd of his flock - not the book-keeper, the committee 'chair' or the fundraiser in chief; he is neither middle manager nor CEO, he is the crucial celebrant in the Liturgy, but he cannot perform his role without the deacons, and none can perform a role without the laity - so that chain of unity that makes us one family in God was a key part of the message of the day - we really do pray for the Holy Spirit to be with the priest, even as he calls Him down upon us: we really are one in Him.

The importance of the diaconate was emphasised, since it is they who are the link between priest and laity, and their job is to take on those things which might otherwise distract from the roles that can only be played by the priest.

It would be good to hear from others on this important issue, and to have some of your own thoughts.

In Christ,

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

Messages In This Thread
[] - Robin Westwood - 11-05-2008, 10:24 AM
Further thoughts - John Charmley - 11-05-2008, 12:00 PM
[] - admin - 12-05-2008, 08:46 AM
[] - Michael Kennedy - 12-05-2008, 10:34 AM
[] - John Charmley - 13-05-2008, 02:04 AM
[] - Michael - 16-05-2008, 10:53 AM
[] - John Charmley - 16-05-2008, 01:43 PM
[] - Michael - 18-05-2008, 05:59 PM

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