The priest shortage is only part of a larger ministry shortage, and the root is a crisis of imagination.
The Church of England needs an improved theological understanding of the orders of ministry, such as the late Archbishop Michael Ramsey offered.
Priestly work cannot be measured in terms of a task.
Are daily rounds of prayer something that ought to be offered “off the clock,” rather than as part of the job?
As I celebrate four years as a pastor and priest of Christ’s people, I find my life and the work of ministry to be full of joy, more than I could have ever imagined.
The labor and sacrifice of the slum priests gave real moral heft to the Oxford Movement and saved it from the insularity of which it has stood accused ever since.
We are engaged in a ministry under occupation. America is occupied; Africa is occupied; the world is occupied.
Bivocational ministry is widely touted as our future model in the Episcopal Church. The TREC report encouraged exploration of “diverse ways for ordained clergy to make a living inside and outside the Church.” My hope for the conversation was that Fr. Holder could tell me a little more about how this actually works, for the bivocational leader and for the congregation that ministers with him or her.