Leaving aside the cute in-speak of greens and reds.. of clusters and cores, the bottom line is that the Church has now fully embraced the concepts of governance, management and leadership (in spite of the fact that the report from which this 1980’s business jargon was plundered was NOT adopted by the Methodist Conference of 2005)
So what…? Who cares..? What’s to get excited about?
Well - nothing really - as long as we expect the British Methodist Church to be just another institution with a mission statement in the same way that BP or IBM is. If that were the case I would join the ranks of the delighted professionals and celebrate the fact that there is now approaching something vaguely professional about our Church leadership..
The trouble is, in my heart of hearts, I DO expect something different from my Church something - well - at least vaguely spiritual, or religious or even – dare I say it METHODIST - as well as professional.
BUT If I can’t have both - well then I’d settle for an holy but Godly mess over and above a sterile professional heart to the Church every time.
Dave Warnock offers some further helpful thoughts.