evolutionary and revolutionary change

I’m up against it this week… I know I’m not alone there!

We’re holding ‘The Waiting Room’ at Wesley tomorrow, which has been a lovely thing to be preparing for. I’ll blog about the process and what we’ve done after tomorrow… 

I’m also preparing the liturgy for the Synod Christmas and annual staff commissioning service. The Christmas worship is a relatively new thing (it’s held before the Christmas party, so we tempt people into attending with the promise of post-worship champagne…). The commissioning is for any staff who began working since the last commissioning service, which was last December (a slightly bizarre thing in itself), and we commission everyone, even those who would not profess Christianity as their faith… (even more bizarre!).

So I’m trying to write commissioning vows (yes, vows!!) that invite people to commit themselves, and enter into, the work and life of the Synod, without expecting them to commit to doing that in the name of God.    

It’s proving a little tricky.

I also have to write the liturgy for the induction of the new Synod General Secretary. I need a rough draft done by Friday.

I didn’t volunteer to do these things, i hasten to add. It’s become part of an ongoing conversation with my director about how much of this role is ‘showcasing’… which has led to another conversation about ongoing change, and the role of evolutionary and revolutionary change in the church… Most organisational theory says effective and lasting cultural change is evolutionary. David and I were talking about whether evolutionary change will only happen, though, if there are revolutionaries pushing the boundaries and pointing a way for evolution to unfold. I wonder how a Synod prioritises its work, and which ‘box’ it would rather its change agents work from…

when i have a little time i’ll think out loud about that.