Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Financial Crises?
The Times today has an article on a report from the Church of England about looming financial crisis. Another nail in the coffin of Christendom:
The structures and systems of the Church still bear the imprint of a pastoral era which assumed a predominantly conforming population, The Church of England needs to be turned around by God and move in a different direction."

The need to release people and resources for mission is great. But I'm guessing we need to be creative with finance - tent making, living by faith, self financing teams (such as Urban Expression). Of course we can bemoan money wasted on instiutions and outmoded ways of working rather than mission (buildings, organs, hierarchy etc.), but we need to think outside inherited ways of financing stuff. And its a tough balance for denomnational bodies in this transitional era.


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