The Diocese are encouraging us all to participate in a Ministry Development Review. This, in itself, is a "good thing", and I wanted to participate. We all need to review where we have been, where we are, and set goals for the future. Ministry can easily become stale if we don't. I understand this.
I had grave doubts about the Diocesan strategy, inasmuch as it looked as if it was mainly lay folk mentoring clergy, and I don't know how effective that will be. Don't misunderstand. There are so many gifted lay people with incredible insight into ministry and its particular stresses and strains. My spiritual director is a lay person with more wisdom and insight than I'm comfortable with, at times! I think I may be uncomfortable with lay expectations? I'm too much of the "old school" for my own good at times.
However, I signed up with faith and a wee prayer. Joy of joys when I discovered today who my mentor was going to be. I'm a happy bunny! For no other reason except that I'll be stretched, encouraged, and affirmed.