There is an interesting debate going on about the role of ministers as evangelist on a number of other blogs and while I do not want to comment on this I would like to raise another question.
For many years I have sat like many other Methodists in a variety of meetings, Circuit Meeting, Local Preachers Meeting, Church Council etc. and I have often wondered why they are always chaired by ministers? (I know it says so in CPD - although some meetings can have lay chairs) I am fairly sure that some of our ministers do not enjoy the role of chair and I have to say that this is an area of church work where I believe if someone has a fairly wide expoerience of this away from church it is perhaps something we should tap into. As with many things being a chair of a meeting requires particular skills that not evryone has.
I have been on a number of committees, groups etc in a number of roles (secretary, vice chair, chair) and have seen some exceptional people in the lead roles who have often also been members of churches and would make ideal chairs of meetings.
It often seems to me that the donning of a back to front collar is expected to turn a person into some sort of wonder person who can do anything and everything, evangelism, chairing of meetings, repairs to the church et al. Perhaps there is some value in revisiting some of our rules and regulations and bringing them into the 20th century or even the 21st!!!