Dickensian ministry

Jan 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Ministry


Our Mutual Friend commended itself because it was a Dickens novel more or less unknown to the popular media. There were no spoilers among Christmas viewing or school plays. It is an extraordinary novel in many ways, but for anyone in parish ministry, it identifies a particular character most clergy would recognise from their own experience:

That worthy couple were delayed by a portentous old parishioner of the female gender, who was one of the plagues of their lives, and with whom they bore with most exemplary sweetness and