Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hitting the nail

What is the difference between the English-speaking Methodist Church and the African-language-speaking Methodist Church? I believe that there are very, very few people who have even the beginning of a grasp on the answer to that question. And this comes out in our Phase 1 college programme - in the content of our discussions and also in the material that we study from TEE College. The powers that be recognise that there is a difference. The difference concerns them. But for whatever reason, they don't seem to be hitting the nail on the head in attempting to address this difference in the training of ministers.
It would take an enormous amount of time, energy and above all courage to meaningfully overcome this problem.


Rock in the Grass (Pete Grassow) said...

... not forgetting the Afrikaans speaking "coloured" Methodist Church, which at first glance might seem something like the English speaking church but in reality is nothing like it at all.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Yes, that too! I have colleagues working in that environment, so I am picking up bits and pieces.

Steven Jones said...

Absolutely, Pete - you've hit the nail right on the head! The only similarity between the English-speaking church and the Afrikaans "coloured" church that I've discovered thus far is the order of service on Sunday morning. Otherwise, the two can be like chalk and cheese at times.