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Born of Water, Born of Spirit: Supporting the Ministry of the Baptized in Small Congregations

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What does the church look like if we take the ministry of the baptized the priesthood of all believers seriously? How are congregations transformed when the church supports and affirms the ministry of all the baptized, particularly in small congregations without the means to hire a seminary-trained pastor? And what ecclesial structures and educational models need to emerge ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 7th 2010 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2010)
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Heidi
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This may be the future of the small church - a community of Christians worshipping together and serving their communities, making "baptismal ministry" more central than ordained ministry. The theology here is fantastic, and I'm probably going to use large parts of the book with my vestry this year. The reason I probably won't have them buy the book is that it's written specifically for tiny churches who are struggling to survive. While we're small (we average 75 on Sunday) and have our financial ...more
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May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anglicans; Christians concerned about ministry formation in the congregation
I recommend this book for all church members, not just the vestry.

The authors present cases of the organizational evolution of the Episcopal church in small communities in the United States. It provides strong examples of the state of the church and the work we are called to share.

John Wesley always taught that Christian life is both communal and individual. This book demonstrates specific cases of transformation from individual and clerical centered missions and parishes to those which equip,
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