Ordained Local Ministry in the Church of England

Ordained Local Ministry in the Church of England

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This title provides an authoritative and timely review of the OLM experiment - its achievements, its weaknesses, and its ongoing relevance for the Church today. Ordained Anglican ministry is changing rapidly. Soon the majority of clergy are likely to be volunteers and, especially in rural areas, female. All mainstream Churches recognise that new contexts need new forms of ministry. Ordained Local Ministers (OLMs) are priests specifically called out by their local congregation and ordained to minister in that locality. Half the dioceses in England and elsewhere in the Anglican Communion including Australasia, Scotland and North America have established formal schemes to enable this type of ministry. Some dioceses believe the process has helped to revitalise parishes and raise the spiritual temperature of congregations. Others have called a halt, believing their schemes have somehow gone wrong or have not 'delivered'. The time has come for a calm assessment of available evidence about an experiment into which the Church has poured considerable time, effort and money over the last twenty years.
Does it have ongoing value, or is it just one more bright idea that has flourished for a season and has now had its day?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 14mm | 299.37g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 144115955X
  • 9781441159557
  • 816,766

Table of contents

Contributors; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Ecclesiological Foundations of OLM; 2. Laity and Clergy - a theological odyssey; 3. OLM in context - a genealogy; 4. The relevance of the Northern Michigan Experience of Local Ministry to the English context; 5. Local Ministry in Scotland; 6. The Empirical Evaluation of OLM; 7. The Psychological Profile of OLMs; 8. OLM: Ministry in Relationship; 9. What Future is there for Ordained Local Ministry?; 10. The Gloucester Story; 11. A Personal Reflection; 12. Strangers and Partners - Re-imagining Ministry; Bibliography; Index.
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About Elizabeth Jordan

Leslie J Francis is Professor of Religions and Education at the University of Warwick and Canon Theologian at Bangor Cathedral. Elizabeth Jordan until recently ran the Local Ministry Department in Lichfield Diocese. She is now the Lay Education and Training Adviser for Chelmsford Diocese. Oliver Simon was until recently the Ordained Local Ministry Adviser in the Diocese of Coventry and Ordained Local Ministry Pathway Tutor at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. He is now Director of Studies in the Diocese of Mauritius. Andrew Bowden is Area Local Ministry Officer in the Diocese of Gloucester.
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