It is inconceivable that a man like Mervyn Stockwood would be appointed a bishop in today's Church.
Our bishops are hard-working and competent "men in grey suits". But management and leadership have become confused. Mervyn left management to others except when a crisis in a parish or the diocese demanded his close attention. He was often difficult to work with but he had the freedom to be a persuasive, provocative and encouraging leader.
Yours faithfully, DONALD REEVES Rector St James's Church, Piccadilly London, W1
17 January The writer was Domestic Chaplain to Mervyn Stockwood, 1965-68.Reuse content