By Justin Lewis-Anthony
Priestly ministry within the Church of britain wishes a thorough rethink...
George Herbert died in 1633. His legacy keeps. His poems are learn and sung, and his parish ministry continues to be the version for the Church of England's knowing of the way and the place and why its monks may still minister. yet there's a challenge. The reminiscence of Herbert celebrated by means of the Church is an misguided one, and, in its inaccuracy, is bigoted on Herbert himself and his successors within the ordained ministry.
This is a publication of the lengthy view. It units out to evaluate realistically the context of Herbert's existence and to discover the problems of parish lifestyles this day. via studying the prestige and function of parish clergy when you consider that Herbert's time and at the present time, it attracts at the paintings of historians, social anthropologists, psychologists and theologians, and provides their rules in a readable and passionate kind. It argues that the long run energy of parochial ministry may be present in a restoration of historical, renewed understandings of priestly ministry, and concludes through outlining extra sustainable styles of perform for the future.
In a weather of uncertainty for the way forward for the church, it is going to be an encouragement for priest and folks, and welcomed by way of both.