Bishops, Moderators, Apostles, Regional Ministers - the range of titles given to those who exercise some form of translocal oversight of Christian communities in contemporary Britain is wide indeed. Together they represent a spectrum of response to a range of dynamics that include biblical foundations, received church tradition, present felt needs and the demands of the wider cultural context of contemporary life.
In Episkope, Roger Standing and Paul Goodliff, together with experienced church leaders drawn from across the churches, establish the common foundations that inform our conversations about translocal ministry and map present models and experience of ecclesial oversight.
Building on these shared insights a variety of themes are explored that might help the selection, training and deployment of translocal ministry be fit for purpose in the changing cultural context that faces twenty-first century Christian communities.
With contributions from:
*Stephen Cottrell on oversight within the Anglican context
*Jacob Phillips on oversight within the Roman Catholic tradition
*Diane Tidball on oversight in the Baptist church
*Terry Virgo on oversight in new church streams
*R. David Muir on oversight within black majority churches
*Ian Mobsby on oversight in New Monastic communities
*Anne Hollinghurst on gender and oversight
*Stuart Murray on oversight in Post-Christendom
Foreword by Bishop Dr Joe Aldred and Rowan Williams.
"Episkope gives us a new and unique lens on ecumenism. In this insightful work, senior leaders explore how the role of the bishop is understood and carried out across a wide variety of Christian traditions." -- Rev Dr. Joel Edwards CBE
“… offers an open and honest account of the challenges and joys of leadership that seeks to witness to the presence of Christ within contemporary society. It will encourage and inform those involved in ecumenical dialogue as we ponder what it means to be local, regional and universal in our different expressions and our shared experience of communion"-- Bernard Longley, Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham
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