Nancy's Notes : Thoughts of the Rectory Dog June 2015

 

 

 

Nancy’s Notes : The Thoughts of the Rectory Dog

                                                      

 

 

His Reverence wasn’t in a very good mood last week. To use his rather over-dramatic terminology, he complained that he had been “chained to the desk” for three days. I saw no evidence of this whatsoever; indeed there wasn’t a chain to be seen, and believe me I was very careful to check just in case I got chained up as well. (If they ever try such a thing, I’ve got the RSPCA on speed-dial.)

It turns out that he was simply complaining about the amount of administrative work that clergy have to do nowadays. To be fair, he did seem at one stage to be disappearing under a pile of papers. I, of course, did my best to help, and I took several pieces of paper off the pile back to my basket so that I could chew them up at my leisure. Did I get a word of thanks? Of course not! And when he was slaving over the computer frantically typing out some report or other, I again tried to help by jumping up and pressing some of the keys for him, and that almost gave him apoplexy. I sometimes wonder why I bother! 

I was mulling this over a few days ago with next door’s cat, Meesha. She was her usual smug and unsympathetic self. Meesha goes to one of the new big Evangelical Churches and was at great pains to tell me how their minister has a full-time “Church Management Team” to assist him. Apparently he has a Personal Assistant, a Secretary, a Finance Manager, a Buildings Manager, and Heaven knows what else. I asked rather sarcastically if they also had had a tambourines manager. Irony is lost on Meesha, and she simply thought for a moment and said, “I think that’s dealt with by the Director of Worship Resources and Music.”

I think the CofE is far too centralised.  There are lots of dio….dio…..dio-thingummies, all with their own central support staff, and I don’t see why groups of two or three of them can’t merge, with one central office and shared support staff. There could then be small ‘admin  offices’ in each deanery to support the parishes and free the clergy to do the things they would much prefer to be doing, like visiting the sick, counselling people – and, of course, walking their dogs.  

Needless to say, His Reverence won’t listen to any of this; nor I’m sure will the rest of the CofE. They prefer to spend thousands of pounds commissioning reports on this, that and the other when all they really need to do is talk to us dogs and get some really radical ideas. Ah well; that humans for you. Now, where did I put that chew?

Yours,

Nancy

            


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