A SINGLE sermon was preached in most Church in Wales services
earlier this month, exhorting congregants to play their part in
spurring Church growth.
The sermon was written jointly by bishops, and delivered by the
Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron. It was broadcast
in churches via YouTube on 12 May, to coincide with Ministry and
Bishop Cameron said that the bishops decided "to give the clergy
a Sunday off preaching, and send one message out to all
congregations. We believe everyone has a part to play in the
Church's ministry, not just those who are ordained.
"We are appealing to all our members to think carefully about
how they and those around them are called to serve God, and what
gifts they can bring to help the Church grow. We believe that is
the way to recapture the spirit of the first apostles, and make the
Church more of a movement, and less of an institution."
The sermon suggests that, on the brink of the centenary of
disestablishment, "we are beginning to learn that we have to be
less of an institution and more of a movement . . . There is not a
person sitting in the congregation today who cannot offer ministry
in God's name to the world."
The sermon can be viewed at http://bit.ly/11SpsGH.