Celebrating the Renewal of Parish Ministry
SPCK Publishing
  • erschienen am 15. August 2019
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  • 256 Seiten
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Drawing on the resources of Classic Anglicanism, Vicar offers a clear theological vision for the future.

For thirty years, the Church has been talking about the oncoming challenges of providing ordained ministers to lead and enable local churches. Now long overdue structural change is really happening: but those at the sharp end - 'vicars' - are often bewildered and demoralized.

This book celebrates the tradition of English Anglican ordained pastoral ministry; it also affirms the value of vicars' ministry and way of life, and the great gift they have for relating to our communities and churches. The 'vicar' (parish priest, pastor, minister) still leads people - those who 'come to church' and those who don't - in prayer and praise, cares for them in their sufferings and rejoices with them in their joys. This deep wisdom has sustained the Church for centuries.

Yet, the questions must be asked: how can we be better equipped to make prudent decisions about the way church ministry has to evolve now? How can we meet the evident need in our parishes for an institutional church?

  • Englisch
  • La Vergne
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  • USA
  • 0,28 MB
978-0-281-07918-6 (9780281079186)
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Alan Bartlett has been an Anglican priest for 25 years. He has served in four north-eastern parishes as well as teaching in a theological college, where he was the postgraduate Director, and is now working as a CMD Officer in Durham. Alan taught Anglicanism, church history, spirituality and practical theology. He has written widely on Anglicanism and spirituality and now reflects on the future of English Anglican parochial ministry as both experienced practitioner and theologian. He is married to Helen, a railway chaplain, and they have two adult children.

  • Intro
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Part 1
  • 1 Introduction
  • Vicaring
  • Problems with vicaring
  • Times they are a changing . . .
  • 'Not true enough . . .'
  • The Church and country still need vicars
  • 2 Whose world is it anyway?
  • Why this question?
  • Richard Hooker on God's world
  • Richard Hooker on knowing God
  • Meeting God in God's world
  • God in God's world - but what role for God's Church?
  • The kingdom of God
  • Fellow travellers
  • 3 What on earth is the Church for?
  • What is the Church for?
  • Why vicars?
  • A personal postscript
  • 4 The mysteries of place
  • Stability?
  • Changing place
  • Building place
  • 'Faithful capital'
  • Visible vicars
  • 5 Signs of the kingdom
  • Discerning the kingdom
  • Conversion?
  • The collaborative kingdom made visible
  • An excursus on being visible
  • Signs of the kingdom
  • Part 2
  • 6 In persona Christi - and not
  • In persona Christi?
  • When might clergy be in persona Christi?
  • 'I am not Jesus'
  • 7 No more FKB ('Father knows best')
  • Working ourselves out of a job
  • Collaborative ministry
  • Clerical isolation
  • But still a shepherd?
  • Changed but not taken away
  • 8 The Chief Exec?
  • Leadership and competence
  • The necessity but complexity of 'vicar leadership'
  • More than leaders
  • 9 Joy and throne and hair shirt: the Bible and vicaring
  • Porridge is good, but is it exciting?
  • The place of the Bible in Anglicanism
  • The place of the Bible in the parish
  • The joy of the Bible
  • What is missing?17
  • 10 Sacraments of the present moment
  • Why should we do occasional offices?
  • 'Sacrament of the present moment'
  • Christian 'shamans'
  • 11 'You're the man who talks about God': evangelism neither bashful nor cheesy
  • Bashful
  • Parochial evangelism
  • What does it mean to be saved?
  • Part 3
  • 12 Self-fulfilment or self-sacrifice or self-fulfilment?
  • Being looked up to as a vicar
  • But the cost
  • Self-sacrifice
  • Am I a doormat, then?
  • Self-fulfilment
  • 13 Are vicars sad?
  • 'The Parson in mirth'
  • The joy perspective
  • Fools for Christ
  • The vicar as clown
  • 14 'Do justice . . . love kindness . . . walk humbly with your God'
  • True authenticity
  • 'Theology of the cardigan'
  • 15 Jesus-likeness
  • Modelling the Incarnation
  • Jesus-likeness in the Ordinal
  • 'You cannot bear the weight of this calling'
  • Staying close to Jesus
  • Conclusion
  • 16 Success?
  • Numbers count
  • 'Unless a grain of wheat . . .'
  • Measures of success
  • Blessing
  • Notes
  • About the author

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