Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why church? some thoughts via the humour of Yes Minister

What is church? Why does it exist? What do you use to assess it’s purpose? I’m doing some work this weekend with Uniting folk in the Yorke Peninsula. In preparation I’ve been mulling over this video from Yes Minister. (Hat tip Andrew Hamilton). A bit dated, but still quite thought-provoking.

What is the purpose of a “hospital? How do you assess it?

  • For the Prime Minister, a hospital is to heal the sick (although it starts with “how does does it cost?”)
  • For the Union rep, a hospital is to employ staff.
  • For the Florence Nightingale award judges, it is hygenie.

Any links to church – how much does it cost? what about the needs of those who serve? how important is keeping people and things pure?

Posted by steve at 10:53 AM


  1. Dated but still funny!! Links to church for sure. the needs of those who serve make the “patients” a bit of a revolving door I guess. Those needing healing might be part of the staff but then maybe they will get cheaper rates. the benefits of being part of the inner core might be knowing where the healing is found …
    Um pure – wasn’t important until I had a daughter …

    Comment by Jo Wall — October 16, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  2. thanks Jo. I loved the winning of the Florence Nightingale award for hygenie – that need for purity runs pretty deep in evangelical circles!


    Comment by steve — October 18, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

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