This engaging study looks at possible responses to criticism, beginning with the example of Jesus and exploring the pastoral, emotional and spiritual dimensions to it. Drawing on practical examples, it demonstrates positive ways of responding to criticism and moving forward.
Despite long discussion in the churches, the question of women's roles in Scripture provokes a wide range of views. This study seeks to assess the key passages in Scripture that are appealed to by differing views, and explore whether or not they support the idea of hierarchy within gender relations and the prohibition of certain forms of ministry for women.
This well-researched study on ministry burnout, which also draws on the author’s personal experience, looks at both practical causes and steps towards recovery and prevention, including clarity about role, prioritization and the fit between role and personality. But alongside these practical resources it asks some core questions about identity and purpose: are we working with God or for God? And do we live the truth of the grace of God that we proclaim?
Every church leader faces the issue of leading change. How do we respond to the changes going on all around us? When should we be initiating change? What sort of process is needed to deliver sustainable development and growth? This booklet offers a framework of principles and values to help those seeking to lead change in the church.
This practical study walks the reader through the process one church followed in casting vision, highlighting both successes and failures, and identifying the key issues at different stages. It offers a template that can be adapted to different contexts to allow the theory of vision to become a reality.
This booklet has the potential to challenge and transform the way churches worship and their practice of leadershipâ€”who does what, the relationship between congregation and leaders and our approach to mission and to the world outside the church walls.
This booklet is based on reflections of coaching in various contexts including churches, schools, publishing and mission organizations. It is born out of a deep conviction that coaching, although not named, is something we see happening often in the Bible and provides a God-given way for leaders to grow the gifts and skills of those around them.
In this study, two leaders involved in renewal share their own stories of disappointment and reflect on how they have come to terms with their experience. Together they explore the question: do we let go of God, or do we find new ways of seeing God at work?
This study shows how recent changes to terms of service for Church of England clergy relate to a long story of the professionalisation of the clergy, and suggests how ministerial review and continued development could make these changes have a positive impact on the practice of ministry.