The Contemplative Response

Leadership and ministry in a distracted culture

Ian Cowley

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This book is a timely and significant successor to The Contemplative Minister. As well as containing valuable spiritual guidance for individual church leaders, it will hopefully also inform the Church of England's present discussions about 'wellbeing' and how we can be helped to sustain ourselves as prayerful disciples amid the pressures and demands of ministry.
The Revd Canon Jane Charman, Director of Ministry, Diocese of Salisbury

Content

The true self finds peace in resting in the love of God, in the peace which Jesus promises. Jesus says to each of us in ministry, 'As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide, rest, dwell, in my love' (John 15:9). This book will seek to show what this might mean for those in Christian ministry in the 21st century.

Following on from the success of The Contemplative Minister, Ian Cowley offers new insight and greater depth for church leaders in a distracted world. Cowley emphasises that the true self finds peace in resting in the love of God, and he encourages ministers to minister to themselves as well as to others, and to ensure that, in the peace that Jesus promises, their spiritual lives don't run dry amid the pressures of the job.

A must-read for leaders wanting to stay the course.

Endorsements

This book is a timely and significant successor to The Contemplative Minister. As well as containing valuable spiritual guidance for individual church leaders, it will hopefully also inform the Church of England's present discussions about 'wellbeing' and how we can be helped to sustain ourselves as prayerful disciples amid the pressures and demands of ministry.
The Revd Canon Jane Charman, Director of Ministry, Diocese of Salisbury

Author info

Ian Cowley is Vocations and Spirituality Coordinator for the Diocese of Salisbury and set up and developed the Contemplative Minister programme, which has been greatly appreciated by many clergy. He has also written A People of Hope (Highland, 1993), Going Empty Handed (Monarch, 1996) and The Transformation Principle (Kingsway, 2002). He has been a parish priest in Natal, South Africa, and also in Cambridge and Peterborough.

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Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857466563
  • Published: 18 January 2019
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
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