Off to Baptist Union Council again tomorrow; this usually
gets me blogging grumpily from the back. I guess it is the nature of
denominational gatherings that they have some inbuilt frustrations either
because ‘strong leadership’ stifles debate and deliberation or a lack of
coherent vision ensures endless discussion without resolution.
In part the problem is that it is not easy for large groups
of people to grasp the complexity and interconnectivity of issues, nor to
distinguish between items of strategic importance and administrative convenience.
The later is not what Council is for but, because they are often things everyone
understands, can easily get in the way.
As Baptists the challenge is to find ways that give weight
to our desire to seek the mind of Christ and for our life to be shaped by our
core convictions about the nature and character of God revealed in Christ.
I’ve posted on the subject before but I continue to think
that we probably need someone whose role it is to facilitate vision and
direction across the Union, who can combine a drive to move things forward with
an ability to encourage a diversity of voices and who can mix the determination
to make progress with the political skills to work with groups of people, each
with their own plans and priorities.
On a lighter note HT to Baptist Bookworm for an excellent
idea that should inject some excitement into proceedings.