Sometimes the right moment just arrives. And this evening was the moment when Revd Nick Green, Rector of St Mary’s, Dunblane, received back his Commission as a Church Army Evangelist from Mark Russell, Chief Executive. Historically, Church Army has expected Officers who were ordained to hand back their Commissions. That policy caused deep hurt to many – and has now been put right. It’s a work of healing and reconciliation.
It’s a commonplace among ordained clergy – whether bishops, priests or deacons – to say ‘We are all deacons’. Whatever ministry we may be called to carry out, we do so with the heart of a deacon who is called to serve. I think this is the same. Wherever Nick’s ministry may lead in the future, he will carry into it the heart of an evangelist.