Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other: Spiritual Formation for Lay Leaders

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Lay leaders play an essential role in congregational life, but can find themselves spending more of their time at church balancing budgets than deepening their own faith. Written from his years of experience as a priest and now as the bishop of Massachusetts, M. Thomas Shaw's Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other is designed to encourage and strengthen the faith of lay leaders, while also helping them consider how scripture treats various issues in church life, such as stewardship, conflict, and evangelism. Perfect for individual reflection or group discussion, each chapter includes a close examination of biblical passages as well as practical questions for reflection on how the scriptures apply to collective church life and individual spiritual growth.

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M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He has written numerous articles for Episcopal Life and Episcopal Times and is a contributing author to the book How Long O Lord.

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Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other clearly comes from a pastor's heart. Bishop Shaw teaches engagingly and effectively about the gospels and their contexts, and invites readers into dialogue with those gospels. The conversations he encourages can promote profound change―in individual lives, in the parish, and beyond. (Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church)

In looking back at the early church, pondering the lives of the gospel authors and of St. Paul, Bishop Shaw opens a world of purpose, courage, and humanity. The labor, devotion, and communication needed to keep such communities vital are ongoing, and the recognitions of the first Christian community building, brought forward by Bishop Shaw as suggestions to the present time, will inform, vitalize, and make increasingly thoughtful the hearts of his readers. (Mary Oliver, Poet)

Bishop Shaw brings alive the spirit and struggles of the original Christian communities to show how we can revivify our own. He draw on a fresh analysis of the New Testament to pose provocative and practical questions for today's congregations on essential topics: the suffering of Jesus, the Eucharist, stewardship, evangelism, and more. Read this book to spark engaging, generative conversations that will help your community flourish. (William M. Snyder, author of Cultivating Communities of Practice)

Impressive. (Episcopal Life, March 2009)

This is a book filled with biblical wisdom, deep spirituality, and pastoral experience. In Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other, Bishop Shaw shows how we twenty-first century Christians can find in the first century church spiritual mentors and pastoral guides for our time. St. Paul's letters and the gospels come alive as living records of communities not so different from our own, where our ancestors in faith wrestled with such issues as faithfulness, conflict, moral decision-making, money, prayer and worship, just as we do today. Here is a hopeful book that will provide encouragement and practical counsel for any congregation or individual Christian. (The Very Reverend Sam Lloyd, dean, Washington National Cathedral)

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