A Celtic Model of Ministry: The Reawakening of Challenges, and Opportunities  -     By: Jerry C. Doherty
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Why is the Christian Church declining in numbers and effectiveness in the 21st century? An experienced clergyman and Celtic scholar writes the decline is caused by a crisis of individualism, a crisis of faith, and a crisis of lifestyle. The response to the crisis is provided by Celtic spirituality and the way of ministry of early Celtic Christians in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. The early Celtic communities provide a model for ministry today in the local congregation and a way for the successful future of the Church.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 132
Vendor: Michael Glazier
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0814651615
ISBN-13: 9780814651612
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Why is the Christian Church declining in numbers and effectiveness in the twenty-first century? In A Celtic Model of Ministry Jerry Doherty, experienced clergyman and Celtic scholar, shows that the decline is caused by a crisis of individualism, a crisis of faith, and a crisis of lifestyle. Doherty responds to these crises by providing a Celtic spirituality by way of ministry of early Celtic Christians in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, and the Isle of Man. He provides a model for ministry today in the local congregation and a guideline for the successful future of the Church modeled after the early Celtic communities.

Doherty applies the model in congregational development studies and ministry. He explores the problems that have caused the decline of the Church and how paradigms of ministry in current use are no longer adequate. In A Celtic Model of Ministry Doherty proposes that a new model for thinking and building ministry today, especially in the local congregation, may be found in early Celtic Christian communities. Churches need to be a spiritual center, a learning center, and a community center.

A Celtic Model of Ministry uses Celtic spirituality in a practical way for ministry in the local congregation and is written primarily for professionals, clergy, and church workers but can be easily read by lay people.

Chapters are A Crisis of Individualism," *The Solution: Community, - *Celtic Spirituality and Community, - *Creating Community, - *A Crisis of Faith, - and *A Crisis of Lifestyle. -

Rev. Jerry C. Doherty is rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Stillwater, Minnesota. He has served in congregations in Iowa, Montana, and Minnesota since his ordination in 1975.

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A sensitive pastor, operating out of a rich parochial ministry, shaped by his Episcopal heritage, offers his diagnosis of the sickness affecting the Christian Church today. In the light of that diagnosis, he prescribes a potential cure. Drawing on his study of Celtic Christianity, he plumbs the past to find clues for the future. It was for me an expanding reading experience.

John Shelby Spong, Retired Episcopal Bishop of Newark, Author of Here I Stand: My Struggle for a Christianity of Integrity, Love, and Equality

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Author: Jerry C. Doherty
Located in: Stillwater, Minnesota
Submitted: May 22, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm an Episcopal priest and have been Rector of Ascension Episcopal Church for 15 years.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I have always wondered why the church does not relate to our society and if there was a model of ministry that spoke to the challenges we face. I found this model in the Celtic church. I believe the teaching of spirituality and monastic living can revitalize the church.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  They will be able to see a model for ministry for the future calling upon the example of the Celtic church in the past.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  A.M. Alchin, The early church Fathers and Mothers, Celtic saints.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I am available to speak or consult with congregations.

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