Magazine article Anglican Journal

Who Are the 70?

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Who Are the 70?

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Last fall, Dr. Walter Deller put this question to the directors of General Synod ministries. It came at the end of a very scholarly dissertation on chapter 11 in the Book of Numbers. Feeling the burden of leadership for the people of Israel, Moses took his concern to the Lord. He instructed Moses to gather around him 70 elders from among the people and said he would come down and speak with them. He also said he would take some of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on them as well. It's a story about shared leadership for a people consecrated to God.

"Who are the 70 in our church?" Walter asked. We quickly thought of General Synod committees, the Council of General Synod, the House of Bishops and diocesan leaders in ministry development. There are easily 70, and easily 70, and many more, able and spirited leaders across our church. Upon further reflection, I think there are actually multiples of 70.

As we consider doing much more of the work of General Synod through task forces and specially appointed commissions, we are challenged by Walter's question. …

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