Are you old enough to recall 'management by walking about'? It was one of those late 1980s initiatives that ran along the lines that visible managers were better managers. Whether visible ministers are better ministers probably depends on how you define 'better' but this week is a lot of ministry by wandering about.
Today was a one-to-one in a coffee shop followed by the ladies' summer party; tomorrow is the Coffee Club (followed by sermon writing); Thursday I'm seeing my Manchester based research supervisor to explain my persistent lack of progress (train gives reading and blagging space... I actually do now have a germ of an idea for chapter 1; only two terms late...); Friday a couple of dozen of us have an outing 'doon the watter' before an evening with the new BUS Gen. Dir.; Saturday some work for next week as I'll be out for three of days; Sunday worship and West End Festival event 'lurking with intent.' So I reckon that's a pretty 'wandering about' model of ministry one way and another.