A Vision for the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity Monrovia, Liberia
All Cathedral clergy should be conscious of :
*Our duty to make our churches lively places of worship (where the Word of God is faithfully preached and the sacraments duly administered); and exemplary families of the Christian way.
*Our responsibility to retain and access the wisdom of our older generation, and those familiar with the history and ways of our Church.
*Our responsibility to nurture the younger generation in the Anglican way and induce mature discipleship
*Our responsibility to use creatively the limited resources we have to our maximum profit.
*Our obligation as those who hold ‘convening’ authority and moral authority to articulate the concerns of those
whose voices are less easily heard.
*Our obligation as a Church to be responsive to the needs of the people
*Our obligation to be present and active in the community we serve.
*Our obligation as the central (not ‘mother’) Church to other local churches
Worship is central to the health of congregational life. It should be welcoming, re-assuring, and inspiring in a way that excites people about the Christian journey and strengthens their trust in our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. This might require some liturgical diversity, more attention to the musical ministry (in both it choral development and involvement of adolescents); as well as to sermonic depth, articulacy and relevance. The Cathedral should be a focus for liturgical good practice in the diocese.
From the worshipping life of the Cathedral many things unravel.
1. Prayer and Care
* We aim to explore new ways of ministering to the ill and the older generation.
* Bible studies and weekday services can become moments of contemplation and mature discipling.
* Evening prayers should also supplement our spiritual diet.
* Our prayers and support should extend into prisons and hospital in a less ad hoc way.
2. Youth and Families
*Apart from the routine baptismal and confirmation classes, marriage counselling and participation in guilds and fraternities are encouraged.
* It seems good, in passing on the Anglican way to the younger generation, to hold lectures/talks for every change of liturgical season.
* Each event organised to foster cohesion in the Cathedral family articulate clearly its social, educational, and Biblical/theological bases.
* It is incumbent upon us to give account of that with which we have been entrusted. With our properties we should consider building works that might provide spaces for accommodation, offices, etc.
* We should explore international funding for specific community directed projects; and consider also grouping prominent individuals of the diocese (and/or the country) as ‘Friends of Trinity’.
* As the Cathedral is entrusted with oversight of an educational institution, we should be able to offer adequate and appropriate guidance to her students and staff; at both operational and policy levels.
* As the central church of the diocese, we should strive to become the hub of information concerning local parishes, the diocese, the province, and the Anglican Communion.
4. Social Justice
* We are obliged to observe and comment on the effect of communal policies on the life of our people, when necessary. In this we can actively work with other churches and the muslim community, if necessary.
* We should identify practically manageable tasks for ourselves in pursuit of a more equitable society (for example, perhaps being a centre to report cases of rape).
* We should consider a schedule of events where social and political issues are raise for our own education as a worshipping community, and possible action.
5. Civic presence
* We should consider adjusting our assets in such a way that makes us both serviceable to the community and accessible to the public. We are considering a website.
* We should also consider the possibility of establishing bookstore or a library, or an internet cafe, or even running a photocopy centre profitably.
* Whilst a radio station is off my radar, and a worship service slot on a radio station is not entirely out of the question, we wonder of the possibility of a daily 10min slot on radio early morning, ‘Thought for the Day’?
The work/ministry of the worshipping community is not something that happens automatically. It is carried out by the committed laity and the staff that have dedicated themselves to this work. With adequate and appropriate staff on board; clearly defined objectives, skilled supervision, and a biblically directed leadership, the Cathedral can become a focus of both administrative and pastoral good practice to the glory of God, the Father.