As a minister I have found that my life within Christendom has prepared me well for a world that no longer exists.
No longer does Australian society need the kindly “all rounder” counsellor. We have real trained professionals for that. Who are audited and work together in teams with peer review.
Or the thoughtful and considerate teacher. We also have real trained teachers for that. Ones who study pedagogy, learning methodologies and do things based on real research.
Or the authoritative guide. We live in an age where people are trained verify information and work with a variety of sources to make their own informed decisions.
Or the hero. Tina Turner sang “We don’t need another hero” back in 1985. And she was right. It’s 31 years later folks! Do you think we can catch up here?
Looking for something we can rely on
There’s got to be something better out there.
Mmmm, love and compassion, their day is coming
All else are castles built in the air
And I wonder when we are ever gonna change?
Living under the fear, till nothing else remains.
All the children say,
We don’t need another hero,
We don’t need to know the way home
All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome
Such roles may have once been helpful. In the minds of many left within the authoritative structures of the church such roles are still central. And if our mission was to maintain the life of the church then it would be important for us to sustain those roles. But that is not our task.
At least, it’s not my task.