If I Were the Bishop . . .
A Ten-Point Epistle to the Bishops of the Methodist Church
by Walter W. Benjamin
“If I were the bishop . . . !” How many times have you heard this comment from a fellow clergy or church member? In more tranquil times, of course, our bishops might slough off the gratuitous advice that usually follows. But our church is, to use a medical term, in extremis, and new and strong medicine and new consultants may need to be used and heard.
I have been an ordained Methodist elder for 40 years and, while I have rarely attended annual conferences because of the conflict of summer-school teaching, I have tried to practice Ya . . .