Receiving the Policy

I’m doing a series of meetings around the diocese at the moment – reception process for our new Diocesan Policy.  It’s the outcome of two years work and much involvement of clergy and laity.  If you’re interested, you’ll find it to download from our diocesan website.   I  think what I’ve found interesting so far is  the way in which the underlying challenge becomes clear as we talk about it.  The SEC is a small church.  It has survived by developing a strong sense of its independence – the shadow side of that is a church which is made up of ‘people like us’ and doesn’t seek a strong involvement in the wider community.  The challenge is to turn outwards and engage .. in mission and service.  The question is whether we dare to believe that a church which does that may grow stronger – while a church which lives to itself will inevitably grow weaker.

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