I’ve got a problem, and I think it is particularly with the United Reformed Church
As a church leader I think I manage conflict OK (I daren’t boast “well”) – I am sure I don’t relish it, especially when folk hurt each other. I don’t go around with an attitude of “Bring it On!” But I do believe that any change goes through a stage of “storming” before you ever get to the “norming”, and anyway, conflict handled well, should be creative and transformative, as we see things from different perspectives. Conflict is not my problem.
As a church leader, our model is Christ’s servant leadership. I don’t want my own way. I often have bright ideas, but when I offer them to a meeting, I don’t expect them to be accepted as they are, and by the end of the meeting I rejoice when they have been tested, rejected, accepted, refined, and everyone has contributed to get us where God wants us. So, getting my own way is not a problem. So, what is?
(Picture with thanks to Wessex synod)
Rothbury URC (in panoramic mode)
At the end of January, I took the morning service in the Rothbury URC which was hosting the regular get together for the Mid Northumberland Mission Partnership. It delightful to spend some time with the folk from Rothbury, Alnwick and the environs; as an added benefit it afforded me the opportunity to pick up with old friends and and to make some new friends. Continue reading
A belated blog, as I still come down from being on a high at the URC Youth Assembly. So much enthusiasm, energy, excitement! If I was to rate it on trip advisor, it would be getting 5 stars for everything – well, maybe not for the 6.30am fire alarm, the awful snowy weather for travelling, and not the most comfy of beds! But who cares – it was just wondrous joy to be part of something so positive in the URC. Here I am with some new friends, Naomi and Elijah – not the humans, but the teddy mascots (significant names!) for Northern Synod, though I also made some new human friends too!