Ancient structure.

Author:Phillips, Hugh
Position::LETTERS - Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Re: Clergy struggling with identity and feelings of loneliness, exhaustion (December Journal).

I am hardly surprised that the clergy feel a crisis of identity, as they are being asked to cope with an impossible job. The managerial structure of a parish is based on pre-industrial revolution England. It assumes that the clergy are the centre of an intimate, stable society, with recognized roles and defined duties (plus stable finances); in other words, a world and a couple of centuries away from the modern reality.

We then compound this by the fact that we do not (and probably should not) recruit clergy for their management ability. A recent survey has shown that the criteria for selecting ordinands are...

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