At the deacons’ conference yesterday in York, we talked at length about what it meant to be a ‘deacon in the community’ and the challenges of maintaining that focus when there’s a lot of pressure to be ‘inside the church’ instead. Several people said that they did not consider getting people over the threshold and into the church building the be-all and end-all. It’s the deacons’ focus to take the faith of the church outside the church, into the community. Wherever that happens, some thought, it’s ‘church’.
With this in my mind, I was very struck to find that a friend posted this cartoon today on Facebook.