SCM Studyguide: Practical Skills for Ministry
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The SCM Studyguide: Practical Skills for Ministry offers a practical introduction for those who are training for ministry, both lay and ordained. Those who are already working as ministers will find it a refreshing source of advice and help to enable them to follow their calling more effectively. People seeking to support ministers may also benefit from reading the book.
While based in practice it is firmly grounded in Christian theology and offers ways to reflect on, and to monitor and improve on, practical ministry to enable ministers to grow.
Designed for real people in real situations offering practical suggestions on how to deal with the day-to-day challenges. The book is incarnational, acknowledging that ministry involves both God and people.
1. The Nature of Ministry
2. The Context of Ministry 1
3. The Context of Ministry 2
4. Leadership and Change
5. Working with Others
9. Marriage and Civil Partnerships
10. Death, Bereavement and Funerals 1
11. Death, Bereavement and Funerals 2
12. Pastoral Practice
13. Working with Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
16. Beyond the Church
17. Personal Spirituality
18. Conclusion: The Way Ahead
'This is one of those books which does exactly what it says on the cover. It is not a theology of ministry, nor is it a source of models and approaches: instead, Andrew Pratt distils into a little under 200 pages a career’s worth of practical experience of the bread-and-butter issues of ministry. How soon to visit after a bereavement? How to respond when someone asks you to baptize their dog? How to arrange the seating in a meeting so as to get the best dynamic?' --Roger Latham (Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership)
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