There are times when I think that if the leaders of the Church of England were talking to Peter in the story I’ve quoted above from John 15, their answer would have been: ‘Then make sure you complete the Diocesan return on time; fill out our spreadsheet; make sure you are complying with all relevant legislation; confirm what you are doing to meet the latest Diocesan initiative…..’, instead of simply: ‘Feed my lambs’.
As many of you know, I spent most of my working career running organisations. I’ve therefore always been interested in analysing problems and trying to think things through strategically. With this in mind, and having listened to the Irreverend podcast on this subject recently, I’ve been reflecting on how the Church views its own future.
I’m absolutely sure that, like me, you’ve found the latest lockdown more difficult than the others. Apart from other considerations, I’ve been bitterly disappointed to note that some organisations are now cancelling events that were due to take place next September.