You’re not wanted in our church — 11 Comments

  1. Brilliant – we all know someone like Tom in every parish – unfortunately many of us never really appreciate everything they do until they are no longer there – sad to read that people like Tom are held in little regard by some of the powers that be but “He that humbleth himself shalt be exhaulted”.

  2. Lovely piece Ian, couldn’t agree more. Dare you to put it in your parish notes for the diocesan mag and see if the Gestapo pass it! Thinking of the arrogance of some of the speeches makes me want to add to Rosemary’s quote, “he that exalteth himself shall be humbled…”

  3. I think there needs to be some healing and some bridgebuilding. I’m not sure how possible that will be.

  4. Am I right in thinking that the business bean counters have moved into religion as well as every other walk of life???

  5. Managerialism, Les; strategies and all that stuff. It causes bewilderment to those who have simply got on with things for years.

  6. As a pure coincidence our sermon in church today focussed on the very words he that humbled himself shall be exalted and vica versa as a reflection of today’s lesson Me thinks He Who Should Be Obeyed (meaning the “man above”) could well be a bit peeved with the shinanigans too !!!!

  7. As I am behind in my reading I am going off to think about this article- which is very true!!!!- the ‘common people’- who may not have the ‘book learning’ of the higher ups but may have a more natural and commonsense approach to faith and all that goes with the church- work very hard to maintain a building that has a central role in their lives- some clergy seem to forget that they are passing through and the people are left behind dealing with the various trends and notions that have entered various heads: that could do with knocking together!!!!!!!

  8. Ms Childs, I missed you on Sunday evening!

    I agree about the damage done by some clergy, but cannot understand why some of the appointments are made.

  9. Well said, Madeleine! Unfortunately some clergy do not seem to understand the people they are ministering to at all. A little empathy goes a long way. All too often clergy (and bishops) cause havoc in the name of “good management” and then pass on, leaving others to try to clean up the mess (and broken hearts and spirits) left behind…

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