Sunday, November 13, 2011

Moving the Minister/Priest/Pastor

·         My friend and colleague Stafford Moses  noted the way clergy resist being moved by their bishop – and wondered why.

He received a really useful response from Jennie Liebenberg

I always thought it was because clergy are human, thus can't have ALL the gifts needed in a parish... so they give all that they are for however many years to their parish, then the bishop sees that the parish has grown in certain aspects and now needs a priest with different gifts to equip them further. And similarly, there's another parish that could grow further into the fullness of Christ by YOUR leadership”.


Wessel Bentley said...

Cynical me says, "If only these were the reasons ministers were moved, but I somehow don't think so, hence resistance".

Steve Hayes said...

I agree with Wessel. I knew a parish that was too lively, so the bishop put a dead priest there to kill it.