With new legislation in May this year, we are having to look again at what data we are storing and how we use it! I have noticed that when we are happy for information to be kept about us, we find it hard to understand why someone else is unwilling, indeed we may even think them strange. Let us be a little more understanding and tolerant, as folk may have many reasons for privacy, or simply they do not want their information used – and that is their right.
A few years ago, a book was written on the history of moderators – I was included, without any recognised academic or professional qualifications to my name. I guess that’s because the author checked the yearbook, where none are listed. But that doesn’t necessarily mean I haven’t any, just that I chose not to have them recorded. You may think that is odd. Here is some of my reasoning. When I was told that my qualifications, or lack them would inform any pastorate of my academic calibre, my response was a loud rejection, as I passionately believe, that beyond basic competency of skills, a minister should be judged on their relationship with God, and with other sisters and brothers – relational, rather than academic. In my more strident evangelical days, I thought it ever so clever to say that the only B.A. I need is Born Again! I did think that was very clever! Continue reading