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Though ministry has always changed, adapting to time and place, the pace of change has now increased. This shift in pace has resulted in a greater need for success and less tolerance of diversity, as well as an impoverished theology and neglect of our own history and tradition.
In The Pattern of Our Calling, David Hoyle explores the changing theologies of ministry during the church's history with the aim of challenging the lack of theological reflection in some of today's results-driven understanding of ministry that seems more influenced by the business world than by Christian theology and tradition.
Setting out to explain why theologians said what they said about ministry, why it might matter, and why it might be exciting, Hoyle covers nearly two thousand years of theological reflection from the Didache to Michael Ramsey and current writers, and provides a synthesis not found anywhere else. This book offers realistic sustenance to practitioners struggling with the new demands on clergy.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: SCM Press
Publication Date: 2016
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He is widely experienced in ministerial review at a senior level and is on the Archbishops' Development and Appointments Group, at the heart of the new leadership culture. He is in demand as a conference and seminar speaker on ministry and the themes in this book.
He has a PhD in Church History (Cambridge) which has been published (Reformation and Religious Identity, Boydell) and taught theology in Cambridge.
'Whilst carefully not adding to the bloated sum of manuals on ministry that exist, David Hoyle presents a valuable and eclectic review of much of the wisdom to be found within this genre, from the Didache to recent and contemporary authorities such as Michael Ramsey and Robin Greenwood. His commentary is informed by humane and honest reflection on his own experience as college chaplain, parish priest, diocesan officer and (though I am not sure that he would appreciate the soubriquet) senior leader in the Church.'
In factual terms, there is little here that is new, but in approach, this book is fresh, exciting, affirming and challenging. The author transports us across centuries of Christian thought and shows us in a down to earth, practical way why these thoughts and writings still matter to the church in our time.