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  •  A warning (2+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, MT Spaces

    from Loren Mead, founder of the Alban Institute, to clergy about the power of the oral tradition in congregational dynamics (especially UNSPOKEN, oral tradition.)

    He tells the story of a new Anglican bishop being appointed to a diocese (territory) along the North Sea of England. In the fishing village of North Ormesby was an ancient congregation (going back before the Reformation into the mists of the Christianizing of the British Isles). But in modern times the congregation had dwindled; the average Sunday attendance was 8 people.

    A few miles down the coast was the fishing village of South Ormesby, also sporting an ancient congregation and also, in modern times, sporting an average Sunday attendance of 14.

    Being a good administrator the new bishop thought that, with time, it would be a good idea to try to combine the two congregations. So he started asking: would the people of North Ormesby join their fellow worshippers 5 miles down the coast for Sunday services? No.
    The bishop visited South Ormesby and asked would the 14 devout be willing to worship up the coast at North Ormesby? No.
    He kept asking over several months, to no avail. He even made inquiries with his higher ups and asked both groups if the Church of England would be willing to build a brand new church building 1/2 way between the Ormesbys, would they come there to worship? No.
         Finally, about two years later, the 8 at North Ormesby admitted their situation and said they would worship at South Ormesby.
          Elated, the bishop went the next Sunday to South Ormesby, worshipped with the congregation (of 14) and then asked them to stay after and broke the news: "The people of North Ormesby have agreed to come here and worship with you." Dead silence.
         "What's wrong?" he asked.
        Someone muttered, "We won't have 'em."
         "Why not?" the bishop cried in disbelief.
          After a long, uneasy silence, the older South Ormesbian cleared his throat and said, "They didn't tell us the Danes were coming."

    :-)    True as far as I know.

    Shalom.

    "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

    by WineRev on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:07:08 PM PDT

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