Shop shelves changing dramatically (see yesterday’s blog comments) it seems. Someone is drawing up a master plan, and we are coping with the new layouts. Everything is there, hopefully still within reach, but in a slightly different place.
That’s one good way to summarise one item on the agenda at our Deanery Synod this evening. We talked about the Burnley report. Nothing to do with football, but the nickname of the Diocesan report on how to respond to the challenges of being the Anglican church in changing times.
The Deanery Synod is the meeting of representatives from Blackpool Anglican churches to talk shop!
Andrew from St Stephen’s did a good summary, I thought, with the right degree of alarm, to say wake up, we’re not sinking, but a little more than re-arranging deck chairs is needed.
The Anglican church is not a fly-by-night church, and because of that can be bulky and unresponsive to change. It needs to lighten up! (and I can think of at least three different ways to interpret that phrase – all relevant)
In my younger days, I would say it was the House Church I was involved in – that is a good example of my ‘fly-by-night’ – and that is where Church was happening then. There are at least three people in that little house church that, like me, are now Anglican ministers.
The shelves get rearranged, you find the sustenance you need in places you didn’t visit before, and overall change is accommodated. It’s coming anyway, so work with it.
The master plan is in the hands of The Master.