Last Sunday Via Meadia featured the first part of an essay by my father, Loren B. Mead, in which he reflected on the state of the American church. Today I am happy to bring you the conclusion. Please feel free to comment; the Venerable One stands ready to reflect and respond.
PART III: MINISTERING IN AN OUT-GOING TIDE
I am using the metaphor of an incoming and outgoing tide to make the point that enormous surges were going on, unseen by us. We were swept this way and that by things we could not control. Too often we clergy took the working of the incoming tide as evidence of our success. And it made us uncomfortable when we began to get blamed for the cultural changes of the outgoing tide. And, too often, we became depressed. We cared so much, many of us began to feel we might have been to blame. What had we done wrong?(more…)