We have a tendency in the Church of Scotland to forget that the ministry of the church is all about team work. We elect a paid professional to make all the decisions and keep all the plates spinning and then sit back and wait for things to come crashing around our ears - as they inevitably will. I'm amazed at how often crossing the threshold of the church renders perfectly competent people unable to take decisions or use initiative. What happened to our theology of the body of Christ being made up of many parts, each part gifted and equipped for differing tasks? There is something in the depths of Scottish church psyche that makes us surrender all responsibility that no amount of preaching or sharing can seem to combat. Will that outlook ever change? Can we ever truly become a "priesthood of all believers"? The spirit of Scottish Presbyterianism lays out an ostensibly level playing field but we seem to much prefer the "Animal Farm" model that all are equal but that some are more equal than others.
We often blame Calvinism for our reticence - our being backward at coming forward, citing our inherent Calvinist upbringing as the reason we won't overstep the mark and "get above ourselves" but it was Calvin himself who said:
"Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?"
We are called not only to be the body of Christ but the thinking body of Christ.
Calvin also said: "All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbours."
So let's take that team work more seriously.