In commenting on the Anglican Church financial crisis, the issue came up about insitutional support for lay initiatives or lack thereof. The upcoming Church Planting Summit that Morling College has organised for the end of June is a perfect example. When is it held? During work hours!
That is just so typical of the institutional church isn’t it? And it is not as if Morling College is overly hierachial. On the contrary, Morling College has a theological commitment to the priesthood of all believers and is more open than many institutions, so if anything it can be even worse elsewhere. But here is the thing, if you were really interested in investing in lay leadership would you hold such an “open” event like this for “teams” during work hours? At the end of the financial year no less! As it is, it pretty much screams paid ministers or professional students only.
Now if this was only a one off occurence I would have much to say, but I frequently have to pass up opportunities offered by Morling College and others because I am unable to attend during work hours and no alternatives are offered. Some of these events, believe it or not, were explicit emerging church events. So much for the flat structures cited by Gibbs and Bolger.