The congregation was choosing a new minister. He led the service, then the congregation voted in a secret ballot. They all said yes, congregation and minister both concluding that this is a “calling”.
The process in the Church of Scotland is a mix of mysticism and pragmaticism. The Kirk gave up on bishops long ago and a kind of one-person-one-vote management model exists. It’s not perfect but what system is?
Christians worship a benevolent tyrant (God doesn’t share power, unless you want to explore complex Trinitarian theology!) but in day-to-day church life Kirk congregations operate a gentle, plodding democracy.
Is democracy the best model we have come up with, to run things efficiently, fairly and accountably? Democracy can deliver numpties and nasties – America and South Africa, to name but two, are proof of that. If it is the best system it deserves our respect and protection.
But when it comes to management models, I still admire the “God way” revealed by the prophet Ezekiel. “I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart. I will put my spirit in you . . .”