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SCM Studyguide: Practical Skills for Ministry

SCM Studyguide: Practical Skills for Ministry

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334043591
Published: 31/08/2010

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. 

Contents: 

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

6. Worship

7. Baptism

8. Communion

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

14. Meetings

15. Manangement

16. Beyond the Church

17. Personal Spirituality 

18. Conclusion: The Way Ahead 

Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt is a Methodist minister with over twenty years practical experience of ministry. He teaches Pastoral and Practical Theology at Luther King House, the Manchester Partnership for Theological Education and also within the South North West Regional Training Partnership.

'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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