Bivocationa:l Returning to the Roots of Ministry
Bivocationa:l Returning to the Roots of Ministry  -     By: Mark Edington
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Church Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 0819233862
ISBN-13: 9780819233868

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• Astute explication of where we are now, why the “Standard Model” is breaking down, and new models available to us • Opportunity to participate in a “Future of the Book” online experiment Bivocational: Returning to the Roots of Ministry offers one answer to the pressing question of the future of congregational life in the mainline Protestant Church. The contention of the book is that the model of professional ministry we have received from the past century of congregational life is imposing unsustainable costs on most congregations and parishes. In consequence, these faith communities face stark choices for which there are no self-evident answers. Shall we close? Shall we merge with another congregation—a decision shaped by a primary value on maintaining a full-time professional in the role of ordained minister? Can we find someone who will do the job part-time? What will it mean for them—and for us? Bivocational explores the impact on the ministry, on congregations, and on denominational polities of encouraging a way forward—one in which bivocational ordained professionals, ministers working simultaneously in the church and in secular life, come to leadership positions in the church. It explores the different sorts of gifts and preparation such ordained ministers need, and how a bivocational ethos looks when it characterizes not only the ordained minister, but all ministers of the congregation—lay and ordained alike.

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Mark Edington is Director of the Amherst College Press and Rector of Saint John’s Church (Episcopal) in Newtonville, Massachusetts. A writer, academic administrator, and social entrepreneur, he has previously served as Epps Fellow and Chaplain to Harvard College and Associate Minister and Director for Administration in The Memorial Church of Harvard University. He has served as well as senior administrator of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and as executive director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory in the Center for Public Leadership of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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