The Beaker folk of Husborn Crawley tweeted a link to their blog about the dire state of our Church Blogs in England. This is indeed a worthy cause and one worth responding to – I urge you to get behind his campaign.
But…..I also acknowledge the difficulty of blogging in our Churches. For in these days of multi-church benefices, clergy spread thinly across the deaneries and common-tenure working agreements the primacy of blogging has had to take a back seat.
Gone are the days of the country parson aided by a team of clerical staff and servants could sit back in his study reading, broadening his mind and engaging in a little blogging on the string & steam powered imperial interweb. Leaving the liturgical and preaching duties to his minions and only pausing in his dedication to the national Church to feign loyalty and prostrate himself before the feet of his better and social superior the ‘patron’.
It ain’t what it use to be.
Most Church blogs are updated by clergy and other leaders (who usually have full-time jobs) many even have families (shock!) and often blogging by nature just becomes a secondary concern. Even The Church Mouse once one of the most prolific and informed bloggers took a back seat when little mice came along.
I, frankly, blame theological colleges for not instilling a love of blogging and the heritage and history of blogging in the church in it’s ordinands and lay readers. What would Cranmer Say?