Data on CRC congregations and pastors from the Third Wave Report continues to nag at me. It appears that routine feedback to pastors from their councils is a very valuable tool! So, wouldn't you think we'd be doing that as one of our "disciplines"? Regularly, everywhere? Every church? Well, no, of course not every church. Some places are too tense or too unsafe. But what about the dozens, maybe even hundreds of congregations where this could be pretty easily started and would make a significant positive difference? Wouldn't you think?
So, come on, deacons! Talk about this at a meeting soon. See what your pastor thinks. Talk about how it could be done in a way that would be caring and supportive and honest and helpful. Too many pastors in the CRC are dying for lack of good quality caring feedback from their congregational leadership. Deacons, let's lead on this one. Who out there has a story about how this practice was initiated in your congregation? Anybody out there who is opposed to this idea? Want to tell us why?