For debate: Resolved that the material and professional interests of the UU clergy hamper the development of new ecclesiological models more suitable for UU evangelism.
|Nice office, nice chairs, nice books, nice life !|
One theme in modern UU history is the narrowing of our evangelical concern to the growth of congregations. We want congregations to be bigger and stronger, and for individual congregants to be more generous with their resources. And practically, the unit of measure that we use to chart congregational growth is ministerial employment. "They went from quarter-time to half-time ministry." "They just added a full-time associate minister." And, "They reached fair compensation level in their package."
Liberal Religion needs to be able to create networks and nodes of purposeful groups of many sizes and shapes. The edges of liberal religion should be accessible and culturally familiar.
|If we study this chart long enough,|
will it all make sense ?
I'm not blaming the clergy. It is a mutually reinforcing relationship between congregational leaders and ministers. After all, our most dedicated and generous lay leaders are deeply committed to what we are now doing.