Thank you to all who took part in this consultation exercise. The picture that emerges is an open, welcoming, inclusive church with good music, which does services and social events well, but where some things could be done better. Many people have included thoughtful, imaginative ideas about how aspects of our worship or organisation could be improved. We will endeavour to implement at least some of these even before we have a new chaplain.
On 27 February the Churchwardens sent a Questionnaire by e-mail to all 327 people on our contact list. By mid-March we had received about 20 responses. On 20 March we sent another mailing, targeted at Junior Church leaders and helpers, and Council members, giving them the option of responding either with the Questionnaire or by completing an online survey. We received a few more Questionnaires and about 15 Survey replies. On 3 April we targeted a mailing specifically at about 30 people who do not attend church regularly or at all, for instance, spouses of some members. About 10 more replies came in, but it is impossible to say how many were in response to this latest mailing. Certainly some were late replies to previous mailings. Survey responses, and some Questionnaires, were anonymous. On 20 April we sent a ‘last chance’ mailing to everyone on the contact list setting a deadline of 28 April for replies and giving them the online survey option that had not been in the first mailing. The final total of responses received was 79, including those who did neither the Questionnaire nor the Survey, but sent their thoughts by email. Some couples and families sent joint responses, so the views of more than 79 people are reflected in the summary transcript below.
The nine questions in the Questionnaire (seen below in the transcript of replies) were deliberately open, to encourage people to express their thoughts about the church in their own words. The online survey used the same questions but there were differences, for example Question 2 required a yes/no answer in the Questionnaire but a sliding scale from 0 to 100 in the Survey, and Question 4 in the Questionnaire was open but in the Survey listed 23 things and 5 different opinions that people might have about them. So those doing the Survey were asked their opinion about things like Lent groups or confirmation preparation, which might not have occurred to Questionnaire responders, while the latter elicited answers like ‘welcoming new people’ and ‘flower workshops’ that did not appear in the Survey. I have not been able to reflect all the nuances of the Survey responses in the transcript below. Under Question 2 I have counted answers on the sliding scale between 50 and100 as ‘yes’. Under Question 4 I have counted ‘well’ and ‘really well’ as ‘well’, and ignored ‘adequately’, ‘inadequately’ and ‘don’t know’. I have not included Question 7, asking which service people normally attend, which was not in the Survey, as it did not seem to produce any useful information.
70 of the 79 respondents would like the church to maintain what they perceive as its current values and characteristics. 3 did not answer this question, 4 had mixed feelings and 2 were not happy. The complaints of these 6 included being too Anglican, conservatism, property policy and lack of outreach. There is no clearly discernible, generalised wish to take the church in an entirely new direction.
A striking feature of the responses is the number that begin with ‘more’. There are a few people who would like less of something, but most people like most of what the church is doing and want it to do more in certain areas.
Diversity is one of our church’s main characteristics and the responses we received were of course diverse, though there were some points that everyone could agree on. One is outreach – everyone agrees it is a good thing, but one respondent praises our ‘admirable ecumenical outreach’ while another says we are ‘lacking in outreach and mission’. Another is young people. Everyone wants to encourage children and young people, and although 30 think we do Junior Church well, there are many who think we are not doing enough in various aspects of children’s ministry. Another is the value of variety and breadth. Here again there are disagreements, with some feeling positive about our broad range of services and music, while others bemoan the ‘narrow choice of services’. Another is giving to charity, which everyone welcomes, and again some think we do it well and others not. We didn’t ask a specific question about our property policy, but everyone who has mentioned it is dissatisfied with it.
Nearly everyone has an opinion on music. The majority see it as one of our strengths. Nobody has criticised the quality of performance, but there are strong disagreements between traditionalists and modernists about the kinds of music we have in church.
Some replies are baffling. ‘No main services conducted in Latin’ – we have never conducted any services in Latin. And some cannot be reconciled with others, for instance some think it important to maintain Anglican traditions, while others would like us to be less Anglican.
Transcript of responses received (click on a question to show the responses)1. What do you think have been the key values or characteristics of the Anglican Church of Luxembourg over the last five years or so?
Multinational and multicultural (4)
Great sense of community worship (4)
Spiritual journey (3)
Acceptance of people where they are (2)
Acceptance of the unchurched (2)
Good sense of humour
Liberal catholic theology and a formal style of Anglican churchmanship
Biblical but not theoretical in its theology
Understanding Christian values
Preaching the Gospel
Upholding Christ’s teaching
Learning about Jesus and the Bible
Commitment to an open and honest faith that does not avoid hard questions
A broad interpretation of the Gospels that does not necessarily reflect a strictly Anglican line
Excellent, thought-provoking preaching (3)
Preaching well-adapted to the expatriate communities in Luxembourg (challenging to a predominantly comfortable and affluent demograhic)
Content more important than ritual
Neither traditional nor modern, but with some elements of both
Open, all-inclusive Christian worship (4)
Thoughtful worship (3)
Thought-provoking worship (3)
A questioning, truth-seeking attitude to worship (3)
Beautiful atmosphere for reflection on our beliefs and values
Worshipping through music and prayer (2)
Traditional services (2)
Offers a range of services with an emphasis on formal liturgy(2)
Formality of services
Offers Eucharist twice every Sunday(2)
Quality of services/sermons (2)
Pleasing all of the people some of the time (2)
Upholding Anglican Church presence (5)
“Anglican” but not too much
Providing Anglophone service
A place in Luxembourg for Anglicans and like-minded people to worship and if necessary receive pastoral care (2)
Regular services in the Anglican tradition (2)
Traditional British Christian values and music
Upholding the Anglican musical tradition
Strong musical tradition (8)
Great choir (2)
Wide range of music as part of worship
Meeting place for people who attempt to be and do good in our world. A group opportunity to consider what that means and how to do it.
A meeting place for newcomers where they can discuss things in English
Provides cultural identity for expats
Significant pillar for migrant community (2)
Sharing common values
Ministry to adults, children and teens
Has welcomed a larger number of younger people
Support for families
Aiming to be “salt and light” – present in society – rather than to proselytise
Ability to respond to government initiatives (Convention)
Some collaboration with other churches, but only where necessary
Friendly relations with other religious groupings in Luxembourg
Maintains connections with Catholic Church
Admirable ecumenical outreach
Keeping it real (2)
Readiness to engage with the real world
Emphasis on here and now rather than hereafter
Sincerity in recognizing life isn’t always easy here
Generally outward looking focus and prayerful support of mission.
Social as well as religious support (5
Mix between faith and social engagement
Focus on supporting the wider community
Concern with some of the issues arising in Luxembourg civil society(2)
Contributes positively to Luxembourg society(3)
Helping people to become integrated in Luxembourg society
Witness (Te Deum)
Excellent relationships with wider community (2)
Seeking constructive relationships with other churches and public authorities
Midweek groups indicate dynamism (3)
Perception of a lack of dynamism, although in reality much is going on and many initiatives are taken.
Ambition – lots of activities offered (2)
The right mix of spiritual, social and outreach activities
Outreach events raising funds and awareness
Members of the congregation are encouraged to join in the many activities involved in running it and increasing its appeal
It is very active in different fields, as it has many small groups.
Perhaps trying too hard to be all things to all men
Bringing people together (3)
Answering the need to be sociable
Thoughtfulness in caring for each other(4)
Supporting those less well off (2)
Pastoral care to church members and non-members (2)
Quietly doing much good
Action on behalf of the vulnerable
Spirit of goodwill and willingness by a core of volunteers to participate in community and charity events
Charity support (4)
Awareness of JPIC issues
Solid structural foundations
Varied social activities
Making friends and enjoying each other’s company(5)
Excellent qualities of chaplain and assistants
Exemplary support and involvement of all church officers (Council, wardens, rota organisers etc)
Using and encouraging the skills of those in the congregation
Part of the congregation is very mobile, frequent absences of members
Church has become an Anglican outpost in Luxembourg
Dominated by long-term expatriates from the UK and reliance on UK protocol in many organizational matters
Resistant to change
Lacking in outreach and mission(2)
Narrow choice of services
Conservatism in worship, geared towards older members
Totalitarian leadership albeit focused on Christian values and charitable giving
Domination of clergy (top-down not bottom-up)
Chaplain’s antipathy towards models of strategic outreach
Loss of vicarage and expected loss of church building as physical orientation points
Church has been too focused on property issues, sapping energy
Property policy lacks vision
2. Are you happy for our church to continue to uphold these values and characteristics?
Yes, we should strive to continue these but we need to expand on them.
We need to build on these solid foundations
It is important we remain Anglican at core
I sincerely hope that Anglican liturgies and the Eucharist will remain the central tenet of ACL.
Church needs to be less conservative in worship and discover greater depth of faith
Lack of outreach and resistance to change are a deadweight
No to narrow choice of services and totalitarian leadership
Music can seem like a closed society to the less well tuned
Foster more positive thinking and joy
Beware of asking too much of people
Should have maintained the vicarage rather than bought 2 flats
3. If not, why not? What would you like to see change?
More understanding of personal salvation by faith, without seeing or presenting this as in conflict with our existing values and message
We would like to see more emphasis on Bible-based spiritual growth of church members.
Spirit led – helping people to develop as Christians so they can go out and be ‘lights’ in the town.
Do not be afraid
Preaching: I prefer a pastoral style of preaching in which reflection on Scripture invites us toward a greater depth of faith and life application.
Encourage visiting preachers and lay preachers(2)
We should use this opportunity to review preferences for styles of worship: are we one, or rather several coexisting communities?
Should be more family-friendly
Add a focus for young families, if possible, but we are heading that way now as far as we can
Continue building on events for families (e.g. Lions and Lambs and Arts Festival)
More activities for familes and young people e.g. Messy church and youth groups – activities that are not always on a Sunday
More services and events at different times of day, for example Sunday evening services.
Not ‘All Age’ services – all services are all age! But occasional family services for holidays etc
All-age service should be more interactive and child and youth friendly
The introduction of service booklets has been a big improvement but there is still too much paper shuffling – off-putting for first time visitors. Clearer guidance from whoever is leading would help.
Earlier service times: 0900? and 1030? (2)
Length of service = 1hour max
The main service should start at 10:30 and last no more than 75 mins
More support and welcome for attempts to change service format, wording and songs
More varied forms of service
Shorter sermons (2)
More young adults in church
More involvement from more people
More empowered lay ministry
Encouragement of licensed lay reader ministry
Like to see a move towards traditional hymns
More Taize and FSG-type music
First Sunday songs are repetitive and boring
More outreach and mission (2)
Outreach and prayer
No main services conducted in Latin
More interaction with the congregation, feel more a part of the community
Additional volunteer opportunities in the larger Lux communities
Become less ‘stiff upper lip’. Show more compassion towards others who may not fit in.
Shouldn’t just be an insular expat club
Bible studies at times that work for working folks (2)
Encourage house groups to enable more opportunities to study scripture and share in fellowship
More openness to other traditions
More contact with the other Christian churches in Luxembourg
Seek closer relationships with other expatriate churches as well as the Catholics (English-speaking and others)
Address the issue of a suitable place of worship
We miss the Church Fair
Choice of new chaplain is far too slow, no succession planning
4. What in your opinion does it do well? (Survey headings listed first)
Conviviality/ social events, e.g. bring and share lunches (40)
Communication – pew sheets etc (32)
Junior Church (30)
Charity events (31)
Giving to charity (26)
Communication – website and Facebook (24)
Special occasions (20)
9.30 service (19)
Pastoral care (18)
Midweek activities (15)
Choral Evensong (13)
Lent course (12)
Activities for families (9)
Looking after the whole person (eg not just a Sunday service but also arrangements for children and a chance to socialise) (8)
Church Fair (5)
Arts Festival (4)
Inspirational sermons (4)
Welcoming new people(3)
Steering a steady path between traditional/high church and evangelical (2)
Creating community (2)
Lent lunches (2)
Variety of services
Child and youth activities
Prayer groups for those who want them
Attracts people from a wide range of traditions and backgrounds
Connection to charitable organisations
Lumen (parish magazine)
There have been a number of creative appeals to give to charity outside the financial route, which is good.
Our church does most things (but not everything) quite well, but there is always room for improvement. The JPIC (ex-EFG) group is one of its strongest suits.
I appreciated strong welcome when I first came and encouragement to register details so that I was on the email list etc
5. In what areas is there room for improvement / what would you like to change?
Shorter 11 am services, at least some of the time (8)
Long sermons can be very good, very thought-provoking: do they have to be long every week though?
Family/children’s services (3)
All family services could be shorter.
Please please please family services should last no more than one hour!
The service structure is rigid and aimed at a very traditional audience. Even the family services really do not break with the average weekly service
More family services
More variety of services
More Sunday evening services
Sunday evening services for young people
More inclusive worship for non-Anglicans
Don’t always drop psalm or OT reading
Less formal language as it puts off non-native speakers
Preachers should be more audible
More biblical teaching as part of the service (2)
More spontaneous reading of bible, contributions, not just reading from passages, script although I know it is the Anglican way
Less reading (of eg. prayers) from the Prayer Book and more time for meditation would be good
I would like to see a greater importance given to prayer.
Expand number of volunteers for creche
Improve Youth Group (5)
More support and activities for 10 – 20-year-olds
Provision for the 16+ age group
Provision for young adults
Accent on greater involvement of younger members
More activities for families & not always on a Sunday. Lions and Lambs is EXCELLENT but my youngest is now at school so I miss it. Messy church on a Saturday would be a nice all family addition.
Better bridging the gap between generations and categories of people in the congregation (age, singles, couples, families, church background, work colleagues, ethnic origin)
Please not all new/unknown choruses on first Sundays
Better music – modern form of services – no anthems
More direct welcoming structure for newcomers (2)
Continue to be welcoming and reach out to newcomers to Lux.
Where do ‘new’ members go after baptisms, confirmations etc?
People could be less reserved
Introduce old-timers as well as newcomers to the church in the magazine.
Should use a microphone/hearing loop at services (6)
Definitely microphones for all speakers including priest
Pastoral care (2)
Pastoral care for church members (3)
Pastoral care could be better organised (with due regard to confidentiality). If there were more house groups this could potentially happen at a “local” level, and include prayer support.
Proactive pastoral care (not just on request) – perhaps involving members of the congregation if resources are stretched
Should be lay support team for pastoral work
Some degree of lay involvement in pastoral support (whilst recognising that this would need to be done carefully)
Church should increase the pastoral capabilities
Closer attention to the needs of the bereaved and those in hospital (3)
More people to play an active part, e.g. children’s ministry
More younger people involved in tea/coffee and flower rotas
More people getting involved in midweek Bible study and related activities (2)
Feedback from non-Sunday activities (e.g.Wellsprings, breakfast bible study, children/toddler groups)
More small groups
Rename Mothers’ Prayers Women’s Prayers
Midweek events not all on a Thursday please
More retreats, Lent groups, Advent courses
Prayer, home groups, mission, outreach
More involvement with social justice issues
More involvement in mission-type work such as help with refugees – this seems to happen on an ad hoc basis but could again be incorporated into the life of the church, both as a practical help and as a witness e.g. through Serve the City or the Croix Rouge. (2)
More support for volunteers leading various activities
Should give more to charity
We need an assistant chaplain to share the burden
Better organisation and planning
More collaboration with the EU community
More online communications. The flexibility in making this questionnaire accessible online was a good first step.
Put the sermon on the church website. If the new pastor is as good as (the last one) they are keepers and I would want to re watch them or watch them if I missed church. (2)
Better publicity for Evensong, services and events. It is no good relying on pew sheets – not everyone goes to every service. Nor do the older members look on Facebook
I first met up with the church through the church fair. Perhaps now this is not taking place we need to ensure people know about us and that people will be met with a welcome.
Choosing a priest. Does the congregation make a choice? Let’s hear them preach to us. Give us a say.
I only go to the Anglican Church at Xmas (midnight mass) so it would be unfair to give opinions. I find the Church Services a bit old fashioned. From one year to the other (the minister) could not remember who I was ! Perhaps something could be done about meeting partners who don’t go to Church ?
Move to Cents as quickly as possible; better forward planning.
6. What new thing would you like it to do?
Evolve first Sunday / all age / family worship to be an interdenominational Sunday (less Anglican?)
Sometimes have Matins at 11am (2)
Have simpler and more modern service formats
A true family service encouraging youth to feel engaged and welcome
Ocasional non-communion services for young people
Prayer/Bible study group for young people
More oecumenical functions publicised to encourage participation and local integration – not just to have a ‘little Britain’ mentality.
More effective outreach in the expatriate and local community; develop better relations with a wide range of other churches and religious groups (2)
Get more young people involved
Maybe kids lack friendships there but this is due to changing community so really do not know how that could be achieved
Traditional 9 lessons and carols service at Christmas
Choral evensong rather than a choir concert
Audio-visual aids during sermons, eg pictures projected on the wall sometimes, not every Sunday
More active engagement with social justice issues as a community (2)
Perhaps get involved with more action projects rather than just discussions
Putting more energy into helping the wider community.
More people volunteering to help (2)
More involvement with local charities
Regular charity lunches
Provide a newcomers’ desk after the service to welcome people
Hold a newcomers’ lunch or dinner a few times a year
Adult Sunday School
Regular home groups for Bible study and fellowship – Alpha course or similar (2)
Would any of the prayer groups be amenable to opening up to be a prayer circle to include those joining in prayer from a distance?
Revive young adults’ group
Faith-based book group
Pastoral care group
Repeat the area meetings
Mid-week workplace gatherings, & neighbourhood get-togethers to simulate a conventional geographical parish, and connect people who might not otherwise become connected: drop-in coffee shop or drinks evening?
More visiting (2)
Bible study with creche.
Hold an occasional meeting for atheists and theists aimed at learning culture and wisdom from different spiritual traditions
Go back to its Christian roots
Move out of its comfort zone more often. Many of the churches in Luxembourg have grown in the last few years but the Anglican Church not so much. I think we need to try and understand why.
Revive the Church Fair (2)
More social/ charity fundraising events
Continuation of this year’s new Fun and Fundraising initiatives (i.e. experimenting with different kinds of events to involve more people, raise money for charity and raise the church’s profile)
More social/community events eg concerts, exhibitions, talks, courses to bring in wider community
Publicise church services and events in local media and schools (2)
Send out a monthly Newsletter by email to everyone on the Contact List with an overview of what’s going on in the Church that month (with option to unsubscribe). People who don’t come regularly to Church won’t pick up on things that are announced in the pew sheets.
Listserve to facilitate communication about church and other events
Appoint a publicity person to supervise publicity for all events.
More active social media presence
More engagement with schools like St Georges if possible.
Compile a members’ directory to match names with faces
Revive the building fund and have a real goal to find the home we should have had (2)
Move – but not to Cents! ( must have separate facilities for junior church/coffee set up – noise during Arts Festival most disturbing for audience and disrespectful to musicians) ?Cessange perhaps
If there was ever an available building with suitable parking, an old-fashioned church hall for coffee, library, teenage clubs, play-groups, choirs, meetings, rehearsals – what a dream! (2)
8. If you rarely attend, is there anything that we could do to make church activities more attractive to you?
Not really we are happy there but do not go every Sunday
Attractions might be distractions.
Church needs to be more inclusive towards families with young children and provide social platforms for teenagers and single people.
From a purely older person’s point of view the physical comforts are very important – easy close parking, comfortable seats, good lighting, seats for coffee afterwards.
More appropriate family service and maybe reschedule times
Second service (11) is too late. Earlier would be better to allow families to share the rest of their day together. Morning prayers could be very early or swapped with second service.
Tighter time management in the11:00 service (should start at 10:30), earlier service starting at 9:00
More First Sunday type services
More Sunday evening services
A midweek lunchtime service
Perhaps a greater diversity of Bible study groups (both in composition and timing).
Sing a well known hymn in the 9:30 service
Folk and Celtic music
Church venue could be more practical
Publicise events which are not too openly religious
Encourage my wife to go more often
9. Please add any further relevant comments below.
I am happy with the church as it is organised at present and would not welcome radical changes.
One of the things I love about this church is the level of intellect found in our services – (the minister) made you think, made you confront difficult questions, and never shied away from challenging you and the church itself. I hope we never lose this, as it is very powerful and keeps the church relevant to today.
I really like the sermon being given as free speech if possible, as in talking directly to people. It feels more real and less over prepared and just read from a book.
I would like the new priest to keep the Time to Talk portion of the service, to me it has a positive impact on the feel of the service.
I really appreciate the welcome of the church and the good organisation. Many thanks for all the energy and thought that goes into this.
The church is ageing, it is characterised by a series of concentric circles with an inner clique at the middle, which often gives the impression that some groups of people matter more than others.
The church has become less cliquey and more friendly since I first joined, but there is still room for improvement!
I am a RC, my wife is an Anglican so I am not well placed to judge. I approve of the ecumenical approach of the Anglican Church in Luxembourg but please do not lose your identity.
I would like the church to remain firmly Anglican, and not to try to meld (as opposed to working in association with) with other, non-Anglican Christian churches in Luxembourg.
In my view the local organization of the Anglican Church needs to become more independent of the organization patterns in the UK, as it is now a legal person under Luxembourg public law and needs to reflect this fact. One of the priorities should be the recruitment of a chaplain and the selection of a suitable and then a new permanent place to worship to provide some physical orientation for the members of the Church.
Intercessions would be better done from the front if no microphones (2)
I do not think young children should receive eucharist before confirmation. (2)
Young children are not the be all and end all. It is easy to bring a small child to church – getting teenagers there is another matter. More concentration on the teens would be helpful – choir, reading, sidesperson etc including them wherever possible.
Thinking of the future [we] should think of the likely future members … traditionalists have to move with the times even if the changes might be uncomfortable to them.
Travel has been a major contributor to not being more involved in church life, in fact we travel home so much we are in church more there than in Luxembourg. But we would have more chance to contribute more regularly on Sunday evenings.
Ensure that the ACL is aware of the implications of Brexit and lobby for a clear policy for the Diocese in Europe.
Be aware that we do not all live in the Luxembourg bubble.
Sorry to see demise of Church Fair which was an important outreach activity
Providing an open lively Christian presence, offering a radical alternative to the values of the surrounding secular society, while also meeting the needs of people leading increasingly full modern lives, is a challenge not just of ‘our church’, but everywhere.
I am not in favour of the proposed move to Cents as I feel strongly we should remain in the centre of town to provide the best access to the church for as many people as possible.
Church building should remain in the city centre.
Please do not move to Cents.
It is a pretty wealthy congregation and I think we should consider buying or building our own Anglican church in Luxembourg (as happened in other European countries years ago). I don’t think it makes sense to rely on the existing Catholic church buildings, with all that goes with that arrangement, on an ongoing basis.
The congregation needs a bit more clear information and transparency of changes that may, or may not, happen. It was quite some time before I was aware of the possible move to Cents.
For ourselves we would welcome a thoughtful, spiritual chaplain with a good sense of humour and cerebral rather than evangelising approach. More Rowan Williams or Giles Fraser, less Billy Graham.
We are impressed by the recruitment process and the fact that the community is involved. Thank you to all members of the Anglican Church in Luxembourg who are giving their time for that. We think that the Chaplaincy Prayer to be used during the ‘Interregnum’ is a terrific idea and we will continue to pray to have a good transition for everyone.
Let’s get a permanent priest fast! Why wasn’t the process started before last one left? Gaping hole (uncertainty) until new arrival -not good
I do not understand that the church will be without a priest for a while although I had the impression that it was clear that (the chaplain) wanted to retire…???
I feel at home in the church and enjoy the services and other activities. I feel that the church has the capacity to be even more present and visible in the community than it already is. The recruitment of a new Chaplain is absolutely crucial. In my view we need to seek to build on the good work done by (the last Chaplain) over the last 14 years or so. Ideally our new Chaplain should have good theological and communication skills, combine good leadership and administration, be a compassionate and effective pastor and be able to represent our church and community to good effect in the public sphere. This is a lot to ask! However I suggest that these are the kinds of skills to look for in our short-listed candidates.
Ahead of the selection of the new chaplain, I think it is important that we have an open, friendly and compassionate chaplain who is at ease with welcoming new members to our congregation and encouraging them to get involved with the Church’s activities. Command of the French language would be an advantage but is not absolutely necessary. It would also help the Church if the new chaplain, whilst focusing on his/her ministry to the congregation, also has the ability to continue good relations with other religious communities here in Luxembourg and be interested in Luxembourg society as a whole.
In looking for a new minister I would like to underline my belief that we need someone who really understands the current political situation of people living here (anxiety caused by Brexit). I would also appreciate someone who is able to preach and discuss current politics. I feel we live in disturbing times, I come to church in the hope of being offered a Christian view, notwithstanding the need to preach the Gospel in more general terms.
Unless this church takes more seriously the task of reaching out beyond its own members, it runs the risk of becoming a religious club only for the insiders, It would be good to have someone at the helm who is interested in strategic thinking about mission and engaging with people in the wider English-speaking community with a view to growing the church. I recommend The Healthy Churches Handbook by Robert Warren.
I feel we need a parish priest who is going to concentrate on the people in the pews. Visiting is also a vital part of the ministry here we are all living at least mildly bizarre lives and could do with support. Organisation is also important.
Inspired, visionary, encouraging and supporting leadership is what is needed to meet the needs and aspirations of the church, its members and body and its mission.
The new Chaplain should come from the low church tradition of the Anglican Community.
The ideal candidate would for me be someone youngish yet experienced (around 40), with an open mind (no Christian fundamentalists or creationists, thank you) but not happy-clappy.
My wish would be to find someone who can encourage participation across the whole congregation and who will delegate and not control too much. Perhaps as a congregation we have to be more accepting and less critical of what we get. After (the last chaplain) it’ll be hard to find someone whose sermons are so interesting, or so long.
Can we please have a chaplain who is young or young at heart. We have young families and a congregation which is open to more fun, family oriented activities and prayer groups. We like to learn and to get together. We like to pray together.
We need someone who is kind, supportive, well organised, replies to emails, plans ahead, motivates people and supports their initiatives.
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