As this helpful study illustrates, leaving is a theme that features often in Scripture, from Abraham’s calling to Paul’s missionary journeys. Reinforced by theological principles, it explores a series of practical ways in which ministers can leave well—both for their own health and ministry, and those of the congregations they serve.
How do we grow and develop into courageous and faithful disciples of Christ? How do we recognize God’s touches in prayer without deluding ourselves? How do we best help others grow in faith and discipleship? The church today needs effective answers to these questions. The wisdom in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola helps answer these questions with discernment and integrity. This book explores key insights and their relevance today.
This insightful study explores ways in which Christians have engaged with Muslims, seeking to follow Jesus’ twin commands to love their neighbours and make disciples of all nations. It argues that a healthy exchange between the two faiths must include cohesion—fostering understanding and building relations—as well as conversion.
This study offers a careful exploration of what constitutes indoctrination and coercion, and the reasons why these undermine the growth of mature faith. It offers practical strategies for teaching and sharing faith in non-coercive ways.
Recent changes in the law have had the stated aim of ‘extending’ marriage, as previously defined to be between one man and one women, to include two people of the same sex. But does this extend marriage or redefine it? And do we have a consistent understanding of marriage in the first place? This careful study teases out the issues and implications of this change and its ethical consequences.
This booklet takes a look at how Holy Communion is distributed, with the aim of encouraging churches to train a suitable number of people to distribute communion both inside and outside the building, using the opportunity to heighten their theological and liturgical knowledge, and to enable them to use their pastoral skills in an effective encounter with members of the congregation. Questions are provided to share as part of a training course, and there is a page on communion at home.
What is it like for a Muslim or a Sikh or a Hindu to go to a Christian school? What about welcoming those who declare themselves to be atheists but nevertheless wish to be educated in an Anglican setting? How can a Christian school remain authentically Christian but at the same time welcome those who do not profess Christian faith? This booklet explores these questions, and suggests appropriate strategies for response.