Paul Avis A Ministry Shaped by Mission

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A Ministry Shaped by Mission

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The book falls into three symmetrical parts, each of which is subdivided (the subdivisions are listed in the analytical Contents, making a Subject Index redundant). The first part, 'The Mission of God that Shapes our Ministry', draws on the missiological insights of Karl Barth and the Second Vatican Council concerning the missio Dei and directly relates this theme to the tasks entrusted to the Church in 'The Great Commission' of Matthew 28: the ministry of the Word, the celebration of the sacraments and the exercise of pastoral responsibility. It shows how Christians share in the ministry of Christ himself. The second part, 'A Ministry Shaped by the Mission of God', carries the argument forward by clarifying the much abused term 'ministry' and offering a more rigorous and somewhat controversial definition of ministry as work for the Church that is mandated by the Church and explicitly related to its core tasks. Ministers therefore represent both Christ and his Church. The third part, 'Ordained to a Ministry Shaped by Mission', applies the insights of the earlier parts to ordained and lay ministry and offers a cogent answer to the question, What difference does ordination make? The book concludes with an agenda for the reform and development of ministry in the light of the arguments advanced.

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Paul Avis has served as the General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity and has been involved in numerous theological dialogues and conversations, both in the UK and internationally. He is now Theological Consultant to the Anglican Communion Office, London, supporting various international commissions. He is also convening editor of the journal Ecclesiology.

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''This is the best brief study of the theology of ministry that I know. Paul Avis deals in a lucid and succinct way with a remarkably wide range of issues about ministry, and at the same time covers a considerable amount of historical and ecumenical ground. He comes directly to grips with the widespread contemporary challenge to the very idea of ordained ministry, and gives an answer which is both firmly committed to a particular office of ordained ministry and quite sensitive to the concerns of those who worry about this idea. He ties ministry to mission (God's and the church's) in a thoroughgoing way, without ending up with a merely functionalist understanding of ministry, as mission-oriented ecclesiologies often do. And Avis deals in a clear and substantive way with lay ministry and the diaconate, precisely as parts of the church's "holy order." On this and many other matters Avis writes with an ecumenical sensitivity which will make the book attractive not only to Anglicans, but to Christians of any denomination who want to think about ministry. I would certainly recommend it to Lutheran professors, pastors, and seminarians as the first book to read on the theology of the church's ministry.''—Prof Bruce Marshall (Lutheran) of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

"The vital connection between the unity of the church and its task of spreading the gospel has been the motivating theme of the modern ecumenical movement from its beginnings. Yet the healing of inherited divisions among Christians has often been hampered by differences over ministry, particularly the ordained ministry. (In the United States, for instance, Episcopalians have been primarily concerned to maintain their historic succession of bishops, while Presbyterians have held on to their historic suspicion of them.) In this book Paul Avis proposes a fresh look, whereby the whole church is seen as participating in God's mission, and its leaders have its conduct and oversight as their chief responsibility. Avis's vision holds promise for the internal reconciliation of the church and its structures, so that a restored unity may itself make and continue a persuasive evangelical witness to a broken world."—Professor Geoffrey Wainwright, Cushman professor of Christian Theology at Duke University

This book has a definite and creative point of view that is shaped by its title. It will stimulate new thought about the relationship of ministry and mission, at the same time as it raises questions about their relationship to worship and to patristic prototypes. Avis offers a competent survey of the contemporary scene, especially in modern English theology, which is firmly grounded in reformation and ecumenical thought-forms. For these reasons, the book will also be of much interest to American and non-Anglican readers as well, for there is no better introduction to its subject in print. —J. Robert Wright, Professor of Church History, General Theological Seminary, New York City, and Historiographer of the Episcopal Church.

'...warmly recommended.' (Rt Revd John Oliver Church Times)

'...The ecumencial breadth of the book is impresive, and it is refreshing to have an Anglican author who is not preoccupied with Anglican concerns.' Volume 22, number 4 (David Muir Anvil)

"Paul Avis... adds to the growing discussion on the relationship between God's mission and the church in this short but useful book. A Ministry Shaped by Mission is a useful addition to writings focusing on the intersection of missiology and ecclesiology. There is something in this little book that will both please and challenge most readers." -Anglican Theological Review (Ian T Douglas)

Mention in Church Times, January 2009.

'...warmly recommended.' (Sanford Lakoff Church Times)

'...The ecumencial breadth of the book is impresive, and it is refreshing to have an Anglican author who is not preoccupied with Anglican concerns.' Volume 22, number 4 (Sanford Lakoff Anvil)

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