I learned a new term today: "Paranoid Presbyterian".
I dunno what it is about the Presbyterian psyche or politics, but apparently it's fairly common for Presbyterian ministers to be distrustful and suspicious and - well - paranoid! Maybe it's a hangover from the bad old days when the Anglicans imposed Bishops on us...
But there's two guys here in Hobart who're determined to be the opposite (placid Presbyterians...?). They've dealt with church hierarchy with honesty and respect and openness.
And the result? Hierarchy trusts them!
Apparently the way these two guys have conducted themselves has allowed evangelism and church planting to get higher on the agenda of the whole Presbyterian denomination in Tasmania. 'Coz it's obvious that it's not just young people trying to get their own way by starting their own church. Everyone can see that the motivation really is to reach more & more people with the message of Jesus.
Shock! Honesty really is the best policy!