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Reimagining Church

The Very Rev Albert Bogle concludes his review of how the Church might look and operate in future.

COULD it be we have allowed modernity to shape our church, placing reason at the centre of our thinking at the expense of love, while omitting to keep before us the core dual function of Christ’s body as worship and mission? Yet both of these activities are based more on trust and faith than reason.

While rationale is an essential part of our beings as humans, we must also recognise that we will never encounter the living God through reason alone.

Perhaps we need to deine our core ministries as worship and mission. All our central administration should be focused toward the service of these two functions. If this was the benchmark for all our activities, the shape and success of the church might be quite diferent, as would Presbytery.

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