This book on ministerial formation and supervision provides an accessible and thorough resource. It explores the nature of ministry and formation for 21st Century church and public life.
It argues for the importance of supervision in the learning contexts of placement, parish and pastorate and presents an exciting model of supervision as reflective practice that draws on existing literature from different disciplines, including other helping professions, literature and practical theology and the methods and insights of Clinical Pastoral Education, interpreted within a British context.
Chapters cover stimulating and useful areas for consideration by the theological educator and ministerial student, such as doing theological reflection in context; resistance to learning; coping with loss and failure; dynamics of power in ministry and issues of transculturalism in ministry and issues of gender and sexuality. It also offers ways in which the effectiveness of placement learning can be evaluated.
"This is an excellent book, which needs not only to be read but also to be kept as a source of reference in the practice of ministry." -- The Revd Kenneth Leech was formerly Community Theologian at St Boltoph's, Aldgate, in east London. CHURCH TIMES, 27 January 2006.
"This book has much to commend it. It is easy to read, insightful and practical. The tasks in each chapter are quite useful and do-able! And it is an important topic." -- Donald O'Neill, THE FURROW, April 2006.
"Ward refers to contemporary educational theories and supervision practices in various disciplines. She avoids becoming merely theoretical through weaving in case studies and worked examples of reflection and supervision throughout. She also provides frequent exercises for the reader to engage in, so that this has the potential to be used as a workbook rather than merely a reference work. Highly recommended to everyone involved in training and supervising people in ministry." -- Sue Groom, ANVIL, Vol.23, No1, 2006.
"This is an important book for all who wish to grow in practical wisdom by reflecting on their life and ministry.(...)Wise and practical, Lifelong Learning can be read for one or two chapters or in detail. Colleges and church libraries ought to have a copy." -- Jeremy Harvey, The Reader, Summer 2006, Vol.103, n.2.
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