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Signposts on the Way: Theological Reflections on the Practice of Ministry

Signposts on the Way: Theological Reflections on the Practice of Ministry (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ferguson, Graeme

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This book invites clergy and lay people engaged in Christian mission and parish ministry today to take time out to think about what we can learn from our recent past. You will be encouraged by Ferguson's uplifting, inspiring and pragmatic insights gained from 50 years of ministry.... He shows how local ministry is informed by sustained theological reflection. He has worked on the frontiers between the church and the secular city in Wellington, Auckland and Sydney. Ferguson has shared many ecumenical initiatives including the Inner City Ministry, the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia and setting up the Sydney College of Divinity. He has worked cross-culturally with the Greek and the Korean communities. Each fresh initiative has raised new theological questions. To help you engage with the text, the book is well indexed, has many footnotes and has a comprehensive table of contents. There are also many pull quotes sprinkled throughout the book which highlight the author's insights. For example: * ...its ministers must decide whether they are going to allow themselves to be manipulated by the power elites, to serve them in the furtherance of their policies. * The task of the Church is to discern the places in the life of the city where Christ is about his saving work and set out to join him there. * Giving people the freedom to exercise their creativity in practical ways that reach achievable goals is exhilarating. * The Scriptures are infuriating. They are rarely lucid or clear. * Our capacity for innovative response is restricted only by the limit of our vision. * I wanted people going into ministry to love the Church, understand it well and serve it selflessly and wholeheartedly. * People have a great ability to set limits to their understanding. They are not prepared to go deeper into faith. * Where the Church insists on a higher authority or a set of truth claims that cannot be questioned or examined, the Church is in trouble. * One of the tasks in the local congregation is to discern the range of gifts present in its life and to ensure that these are recognized, celebrated and used effectively.
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ISBN 9781988572208
Published NZ 13 Nov 2019
Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781988572208
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Imprint Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Published 13 Nov 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Ferguson, Graeme
Category Christian theology
Christian ministry & pastoral activity
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Christianity: General
ONIX Text General/trade