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The art of disconnec t

by on August 21, 2013

How’s this for a recipe for mission leadership training?

Take one ordinary person:

teach him to identify with Jesus and the church,

give him a few years to disconnect from his non-Christian friends                                                                                                                                              5 years as church-goer

disconnect him from his workplace and occupation                             2 years in MTS

disconnect him from his home                                4 years residential at Moore College

disconnect him from his home church and his Christian friends                                                                                                                 2 years as student minister at random church

disconnect him from that church         2 years as student minister at a different random church

disconnect him from that church, from his home (Moore) and his friends, send him out into parish land somewhere.

ordain him so he feels disconnected from the ‘laity’ – i.e. everyone else.

While in parish land make sure he deals almost exclusively with church people                                                                                                                    3 years as assistant minister

disconnect him from that church and home and friends, make him move again to become rector somewhere different.

ordain him to a second tier so that he feels even further disconnected from ‘laity’

Now his training is complete. After 14 years of preparation he is finally ready for his life task: (drum roll…)

Now give him the job of teaching a congregation how to connect with the ordinary people in their local community.

excuse me while I leave my desk and roll on the floor laughing for a bit…

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2 Comments
  1. We are definitely experiencing the disconnect having gone through half of the steps you describe plus a couple of extras thrown in (Agency specific training (6mo) + deputation (6mo))! Feel a bit like aliens in a strange land!

  2. jacq.lee@optusnet.com.au permalink

    Spot on Jonathon. Keep connecting with the lost world! I’ll try to too.

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