Missing Chapel

Date: December 2, 2021

Yesterday morning, it was impossible for me to be at Chapel. Given the schedule for my upcoming donor cultivation trip to Durham, NC, I knew that I would have to hold a Deanery construction meeting at 8 a.m. Feeling both guilty and sad, I headed to the Deanery first thing, where many important decisions were made — but I did regret missing Chapel.

We do track attendance numbers. Actually, they are impressive. On the whole, people at VTS do roll out of bed and go. But some do not. Now, being charitable, I realize it is possible that for these folks, like it was for me yesterday, there is something that just must be scheduled at that time. However, sometimes, I suspect, the call of the “Church of the Holy Comforter” is just overwhelming. It is easier to just add another hour of much needed sleep to our day, rather than get to Chapel.

If this rings true for you, then do pause and reflect. For those of you interested in congregational leadership, do please remember that what is true of you now will be true of those you are seeking to serve in a congregation on Sunday mornings. So, I invite you all on this day to consider: “What will I say to the parishioner who prefers the ‘Church of the Holy Comforter’ over the Church that I am leading?”

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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