No, not the wheeled variety! In this interesting comment on the north-south divide and the failure of the C of E to take informed responsibility in poor areas, community theologian Ann Morisy says ‘the Church of Scotland, besides investing in coaching, provides additional full-time staff for each and every priority (poor) parish. The people appointed, however, are not clergy, but youth workers, community animators, administrators, artists, and poets, as well as trained and experienced coaches.’
This concept, of people who are trained to coach others in dealing with their circumstances in order to make a difference, is surely a diaconal one. This is an opportunity for the diaconate to step in to community needs and show its true colours.