Thursday, March 21, 2019

Easier Pastoral Appointments

I used to set up all my pastoral appointments personally -- because they are, after all, pastoral and personal. Yet no small amount of energy went into this. It involved a lot of “bargaining” on the phone. The purpose of the visit? Home or vestry? You're inviting me to your yacht? I need a police escort? This week or next? It depends? I should call back in half an hour? You need to change it? And so on. Ultimately I handed it over to our secretary. She knew my preferred times, she tracked people down, and did all the bargaining -- and said she quite enjoyed doing it. OBSERVATION: It actually made life a lot easier for me. All I had to do was turn up.

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