Developing Faithful Ministers aims to support the work of all those involved in supervision and training relationships within the Church. The Church recognising its call to serve God and the nation seeks to equip and develop its ministers to face the challenge of ministry in a society at the threshold of Christendom that is in a mission context. It is a context where both the general public and the institutional church have significant expectations of those in ministry. Indeed, there is now an expectation of ‘demonstrable capability’ prior to being licensed to any form of permanent tenure. The demand for more professional, demonstrably capable, mission able and collaborative licensed ministers places particular weight on the efficacy of the initial training relationship. "Developing Faithful Ministers" seeks to support those who find themselves in these relationships by offering both models of good practice and sustained theological reflection on what these drivers mean for developing ministry.
While the Church of England provides practical resources for clergy as they make changes in their ‘careers’, very little theological reflection has been done around this subject. Not all change is welcome and driving factors differ from those in secular employment. This important volume explores key questions to consider at points of transition.
Connecting the reality and experience of time with the demands and realities of ministry today, this book helps ministers to take positive steps towards navigating the very considerable time pressures that many face today.
This groundbreaking study offers an innovative critical analysis of poetry as a resource for reflective practice in the context of continuing professional development. In the contemporary drive in all professions for greater rigour in education, training, and development, little attention is paid to the inner shape of learning and meaning-making for individuals and groups, especially ways in which individuals are formed for the task of their work. Building on empirical research into the author’s professional practice, the book takes the use of poetry in clergy continuing ministerial development as a case-study to examine the value of poetry in professional learning. Setting out the advantages and limitations of poetry as a stimulant for imaginative, critical reflexivity, and formation within professional reflective practice, the study develops a practical model for group reflection around poetry, distilling pedagogical approaches for working effectively with poetry in continuing professional development. Drawing together a number of strands of thinking about poetry, Practical Theology, and reflective practice into a tightly argued study, the book is an important methodological resource. It makes available a range of primary and secondary sources, offering researchers into professional practice a model of ethnographic research in Practical Theology which embraces innovative methods for reflexivity and theological reflection, including the value of auto-ethnographic poetry.
Local church life is changing radically and clergy deployment with it. Multi-congregational groupings are increasingly the norm with fewer stipendiary clergy. As ministry increasingly becomes the responsibility of local congregations and priesthood more about supervision, this guide explores the theology of this model and how it works in practice.
"Society: Its Origin and Development" by Henry K. Rowe. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
The role of lay ecclesial ministers—professionally prepared laity who serve in leadership roles—is becoming critically more important in the life of the Catholic Church. In Lay Ecclesial Ministry, theologians and pastoral leaders from diverse disciplines provide a deeper understanding, envision future direction, and offer inspiration for these new ministers and the community of the church.
Faithful and effective church leadership requires preparation in prayer, theological reflection and a wide range of pastoral, prophetic and practical skills in order to ensure that what the Church discerns as necessary the Church does. Faithful Improvisation? is both a contribution to a current and sometimes vigorous debate on how the Church trains its leaders and also a practical and theological resource for discerning what the Spirit is saying and then acting upon it in local church contexts. Part One includes the full text of the Senior Church Leadership report from the Faith and Order Commission. Part Two offers reflections by Cally Hammond, Thomas Seville, Charlotte Methuen, Jeremy Morris and David Hilborn, on practices, models and theologies of leadership in different periods of church history which informed the FAOC report. Part Three opens up a broader discussion about present and future leadership within the Church of England. Mike Higton sketches out a dialogue between Senior Church Leadership and Lord Green’s report, Talent Management for Future Leaders; Tim Harle offers a personal reflection from the perspective of the community of leadership practitioners; and Rachel Treweek concludes with an exploration of the essentially relational character of leadership.
The dare need of the hour in this critical era of the church age is soul winning which is the sole aim of evangelism and it conforms unequivocally with God’s heartbeat as author espouses. Evangelism is personal witnessing, advocacy or public preaching and zealous spreading of the Gospel for the purpose of winning souls (Mark 16:15-20). Furthermore, evangelism is just a subset of evangelization. Therefore, taking it a step further, the author avers that evangelization is the ripple process of making converts, initiating them into the body of Christ and transforming them into committed disciples of Jesus. It connotes continuous discipleship or disciple-making where saved persons are taught and incorporated into the life of the church or Christian community in order to reproduce more saints (Matthew 28:19-20). He also explains that a nexus exists between Evangelization and Christian Development in which the latter has its root in the former and integrally stems from it. The ultimate essence and gamut of evangelization is the continuous healthy growth of its human organ which is the church. The intent is to prevent spiritual decay and preserve the moral rectitude of the militant church up until her transition into the glorious triumphant church. The book will make a good read for church workers, leaders, missionaries, seminarians and young converts.
Religion—both personal faith and institutional tradition—plays a central role in the lives of the 12.5 million Asians in the United States. It provides comfort and meaning, shapes ethical and political beliefs, and influences culture and arts. Faithful Generations details the significance of religion in the construction of Asian American identity. As an institutional base for the movement toward Asian American panethnicity, churches provide a space for theological and political reflection and ethnic reinvention. With rich description and insightful interviews, Russell Jeung uncovers why and how Chinese and Japanese American Christians are building new, pan-Asian organizations. Detailed surveys of over fifty Chinese and Japanese American congregations in the San Francisco Bay area show how symbolic racial identities structure Asian American congregations. Evangelical ministers differ from mainline Christian ministers in their construction of Asian American identity. Mobilizing around these distinct identities, evangelicals and mainline Christians have developed unique pan-Asian styles of worship, ministries, and church activities. Portraits of two churches further illustrate how symbolic racial identities affect congregational life and ministries. The book concludes with a look at Asian American–led multiethnic churches. This engaging study of the shifting relationship between religion and ethnicity is an ideal text for classes in ethnicity, religion, and Asian American studies.
An Ecclesial Festschrift in Honor of the Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn
Author: Max Rogland
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
This collection of biblical, theological, historical, and pastoral essays celebrates the remarkable forty-year ministry of the Rev. Dr. Robert S. (“Rob”) Rayburn. A man of scholarly gifts and a shepherd’s heart, Rob not only faithfully served a single congregation for his entire ministerial career, but also contributed to the wider church through his perceptive theological writings. Just as Rob embodied pastoral warmth, intellectual rigor, and an appreciation for the catholicity of the Christian tradition, so too the essays of this “ecclesial Festschrift” seek to bring scholarly expertise into the service of Christ’s church. Contributors: William Barker Joel Belz Ron Bergey John Birkett Bryan Chapell Jack Collins Ian Hamilton Eric Irwin David Jones Joshua Moon Robert G. Rayburn II George Robertson Kevin Skogen Jacob Skogen John Wykoff