The programme of questions and motions to be put before next week’s Synod has been published and I was sad enough to have a quick scan through them. I was somewhat amused by question 54 to be posed by The Revd Canon Simon Bessant (Sheffield) namely,
“Has the House of Bishops considered the significant missiological issues that emerge when a church experiences a testosterone deficit?”
So, now we know what is wrong with the C of E, not enough testosterone! Well, a quick google revealed that this deficit can be easily remedied. Given that this hormone is readily available in tablet, gel and even spray form, I suggest that testosterone pills and sprays be prescribed to all clergy.
However, if what we really want is more men to come to church, we might have to try a little bit harder.