Ministry Issues for the Church of England: Mapping the Trends

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Church House Publishing, 2001 - 336 sidor
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Volume 1 is substantially written by the author. The introduction explains the genesis of the Report - a call for a strategic national overview of the whole range of Ministry issues. Chapter 1 highlights key aspects of the changes in the contexts during the last two decades. These include church attendance, culture, mission, youth, women, laity, clergy numbers, finance and the national organisation of the Church of England. Chapter 2 describes the research methods. These included documentary material, field work throughout the country and beyond, and close collaboration with numerous colleagues. Chapter 3 employs papers from sociological and theological contributors on aspects of the history and theology of ordained ministry. This includes recent ecumenical developments. Chapter 4 provides both text and analysis of the little-known Canons, Regulations and especially Bishops' Statements of 1978, 1992 and 1994. Major themes emerge. Chapter 5 provides a historical survey of key events and reports on ministry strategy since 1964. These indicate important national developments, and, of special significance, emerging common patterns in diocesan strategies. Chapter 6 explains how areas of current uncertainty about finance, the law of employment and data protection, clergy numbers and ministry development affect strategic thinking. There are also four Working Parties now preparing major Reports. Chapter 7 addresses the unchanging aspects and the changing role of the stipendiary clergy, especially the episcopal, missionary and managerial elements. Chapter 8 offers Conclusions about a vision of the Church, the present key planks of strategy, and seven areas where strategic development could be pursued. Finally, I propose Recommendations for a way ahead. Volume 2 starts with Chapter 9. This consists of brief essays in thirty-five key areas. The expert contributors have mapped the situation at present and often offered some historical perspective. They have frequently pointed up issues to be addressed and listed the vital Reports etc. for those who need more detail. Crucial statistics are given at various points with numerous Tables, graphs and diagrams. The Bibliography includes all works cited in the Report, and other books etc. found useful in the years of writing. Appendices offer detailed information on 19 areas.

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The contexts changes in the last two decades
6
Numbers going to church on Sunday 197998
8
Ministry Division main functions
20
The method of research
23
Ministry policy
40
Ministry strategy its development since 1960
53
The changing role of the stipendiary clergy
68
Freehold
79
Margaret Jeffery Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt
183
Continuing ministerial education
192
Dual role ministry
206
Nonstipendiary ministry
219
Distribution of NSMs and OLMs 1999
222
Women and ordained ministry
234
income and expenditure
244
How the cost of stipends was met in 1999
246

Introduction
87
Stipendiary ordinations 18791999
93
Clergy numbers 18511999
94
Ordinations 19702000
95
Minority ethnic concerns
96
Selection conference results 19502000
111
Categories of recommended candidates 1950 and 2000
114
Outcome of national and local bishops selection conferences
115
Recommended candidates 19842000
116
Care of nonrecommended candidates the but if not
117
Reader ministry
131
Initial theological education in the Church of England
143
Numbers of sponsored candidates in training 19702000
145
Total number of ordinands in training 200001
146
OLM candidate numbers 200001
147
The financing of training
148
Contribution of LEA awards to college training 19882000
152
Church of England colleges of higher education
153
projected diocesan totals against diocesan
163
Remuneration of the clergy
164
Categories of clergy with and without freehold
180
Diocesan pension contributions 19922003
249
The Pastoral Measure
251
The Church Army
258
Strategies for deployment ecumenical responses
262
Number of licensed Readers in the Church of
265
The Canons that concern Readers
268
Terms of reference and membership of the Structure
272
Training for the ordained ministry questions
274
Archbishops Council Clergy Stipends Review Group
278
Explanatory notes to the Employment Relations Act
283
Curacy appointments
285
The parish system and localities
286
Local ministry a key element in the Churchs
289
A fair open and welcoming selection process
291
Budget 2001 the national picture
293
Church Army officers
295
Notes
297
Bibliography
300
Index
309
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