4) Formative teachers teach us how to think. Formative prophets teach us how to look at God’s horizon rather than to our own short-term self-interest. Formative teachers and prophets also dare to speak the truth even when it is not popular.
5) For the past ten years or so our diocese and our congregation have been hearing to teachers and prophets who have spoken the truth even when we may not have wished to hear it.
6) What we need are formative rather than popular teachers and prophets.
7) My hope is that the Ministry Assessment Process in which we are engaged with Saint Alban’s, Saint Anne’s and Saint Augustine’s will be formative for our ministry in this region of the Diocese.