not much blog time right at the moment... I went to a meeting today of Christian Ministry Certificate/Diploma providers and our state government further education dept (DFEEST) to begin a discussion about whether it was possible to develop a national Certificate in Ministry as distinct from the zillion separate qualifications that currently exist. I'm quite in favour of it for a number of reasons. At the same time I kept feeling my life slipping into a training framework black hole which might be well and good for the church in the long term but is not ultimately fulfilling for me...
of course, at one point I did the "I'm chairing a national task group for the Uniting Church on training lay workers" speech, but it didn't quite have the intended effect... (mmm... what effect was i after?)
a really interesting experience meeting with Tabor, AOG and Baptist folks and the government person (who is married to the Principal of Tabor - that's fine, she's allowed to be). seriously, a good group of people and i look forward to working with them. certainly some underlying theological differences which don't surface easily in such discussions. ie. a strong focus on training needing to include theological knowledge (which i didnt expect) but then (for me) a realisation that it was probably about certainty.
I should probably not say more for another year or so.
Indeed, the road to Hell is paved with educational bureaucracy :-) [Stops to draw parallels with scribes and pharisees]
Still, rationalizing the paperwork into a single framework should (optimist) make it easier to integrate components from different providers.
Posted by: Stephen | November 23, 2007 at 07:33 PM