The talk that I am giving this weekend is as part of a series called the 'Congregation of Opportunity.' I have been considering some of what it takes for congregations to recognise their 'opportunities.' One of the things that I feel is required for us to fully maximise our potential is unity within the congregation. To all be "singing from the same sheet" so to speak.
Unfortunately at the moment, particularly within the Anglican communion, there seems to be a serious lack of unity. A failure to sing from the same book let alone page. There is a growing opinion that schism is inevitable. I feel that the Archbishop of Canterbury (whose job I would one day love!) is to be commended for his reported decision to expel churches that do not sign a biblical covenant - surely being 'under' the bible is one of the things that we need to agree on as we seek this unity.
From the little I know based upon a limited amount of reading it seems that a parting of the ways is a matter of when and not if. The problem is that for those on the outside who have any conception of what true Christianity should be - which it seems to me is a significant number - the lack of unity within the 'church' is not what they would expect (based upon the biblical model).
Unless we as a church can solve this problem and begin to fix it I believe that the congregation of opportunity will be in serious danger of missing the boat. Prayer is required...