We need to look at new models of leadership for two reasons. Firstly, because we are living in a very different world from the one most of us grew up in. We also need to look at new models because the concept of a leadership which depends almost exclusively on the priest cannot continue. That is what leadership, and not just the leadership of priests, should mean in the Christian community, discovering, recognising and fostering one another’s gifts.
In our Diocese the 2016 Synod offered us important signposts to guide us in the next steps we need to take at this stage of our journey. One of these steps is the development of “team ministry”. In the past two years, we have worked on this and are now at a point of arranging our Diocese into Pastoral Units with teams of clergy ministering in each unit.