Thank God there was no rectory
When I took my post at Christ Church, one of the attractions was the absence of a rectory. We didn’t want to move. We love our home now, with a large yard for the dogs and much space for entertainment. Church rectories are often less than desirable, as ASBO Jesus reminds us.
Why does this have to be the case? I know that the lousy housing conditions of many of my colleagues demoralizes them. I’m quite sure that congregations would get a good return on their investment if they just kept places updated and in decent shape. For that matter, it would be a treat for most clergy to move to in a clean house when they arrive in a new congregation. This is not me whining about lack of clerical privilege. It’s me saying that when we take good care of our leaders, they are better able to care for us.