There is strain between the Church’s laity and leadership. Rather, strain between the people in the pews and the hierarchy. Leadership is something other. It can be found on either side of the Communion rail.
May I recommend to the readership – especially to the hierarchical leadership – a good book?
I’ve written about it before.
More and more my thoughts turn to the kind of New Normal that we want. We are going to pay and pay and pay, and then pay some more, for the lockdown imposed on our nations and economy and churches. This is going to hurt, friends, and the hurting hasn’t even started yet. As the Fat Man laid down in Rule VIII: “They can always hurt you more.
We are going to new a new style of priest, king, prophet in our hierarchy, in our chanceries and parish offices. New style… maybe with a lot of old in it. I’ve ranted about that recently, and pointed my finger at myself. Je m’accuse.
Read this. I’ve been recommending it to priest friends for a while now:
It is not a complete manual, but it does bring home the fact that when the mission fails, it is often leadership that failed. And leadership isn’t limited to the commanding officer. The whole team has to own the mission and its objectives. The leader needs to bring people into that vision and help them to embrace it for themselves. Everyone has to believe in the cause they are fighting for. Leaders have to own it first.
Let’s raise the standards.
(That’s a double entendre, by the way, about something risky, not risqué.)