Over the years, in ministry, there has been no shortage of nail-biting situations between Church and state. It was all the more so in the uncertain years which followed the fall of apartheid. Here is just one example. The state wrote to our Church that we should write into the constitution: "The management committee may take on the power and authority that it believes it needs." However, Congregationalism specifically rejects such rule by committee. It is governed by the members, and only the members, under the Lordship of Christ. We expressed our concern to the state. The state responded by re-sending the original letter. OBSERVATION: It took us several months, and a few attorneys, to resolve this.