Reflections following the Catholic & Sacramental Anglican Consultation in Melbourne
I really enjoyed the consultation day today with senior clergy from around the Diocese exploring the development of emerging and fresh expressions of church. It seemed to me to be an issue of encouragement and vision, given how this tradition has much to offer the more post-secular elements centred on spiritual tourism. So we discussed what is going on in context with spiritual tourism, a Trinitarian Ecclesiology and Missiology, and models of church such as New Monasticism as a form that can live this out.
But, as usual, the issue remains about how to focus on being and doing post-Christendom activities in a church and structure that still is very Christendom. I was really impressed by Bishop Stephen of the Eastern Region, who is seeking to give real encouragement for experimentation, and helping sacramental Anglicans to explore a post-Christendom form of mission and ministry centred on apostolic creative activity.
I hope today catalyses activity and collaborative ministry amongst this very capable constituency. But it requires risk taking and experimentation.