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Overview In Ordinary Calling Extraordinary Challenge, Norma Cook Everist brings together several women clergy to demonstrate what parish ministry is like in women's experience. Drawing on years of parish experience, they examine such a wide range of topics as the ministry of preaching, the ministry of stewardship, the ministry of justice, the ministry of outreach, and many more. Written for women and men, this volume will provide support, encouragement, and guidence for performing the many tasks and assuming the many roles of parish minister.
One of the difficulties women clergy face is the lack of mentors. Although women make up a sizable percentage of parish clergy, once out of seminary they often experience isolation and lack of contact with other women in professional ministry. This situation is especially problematic as women s experience of the tasks and roles of ministry differ from those of men, sometimes subtly, sometimes more so. Where do they turn for help in figuring out the ups and downs of following God s call into ministry as a woman? How can the men with whom they work understand the challenges their female colleagues face as well?
In Ordinary Calling, Extraordinary Challenge, Norma Cook Everist brings together several women clergy to demonstrate what parish ministry is like in women s experience. Drawing on years of parish experience, they examine such a wide range of topics as the ministry of preaching, the ministry of stewardship, the ministry of justice, the ministry of outreach, and many more. Written for women and men, this volume will provide support, encouragement, and guidance for performing the many tasks and assuming the many roles of parish minister.
Key Features: Brings together the real experience of women clergy Addresses the nature of the differences between men and women in fulfilling certain key roles or functions of pastoral leadership Addresses the sense of isolation among clergy women after seminary
Key Benefits: Helps clergy, both male and female, understand the unique challenges of parish ministry faced by women clergy Helps denominational officials and laypersons understand the different responses to pastoral tasks and roles perceived by women and men "
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2000
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687087570 ISBN13 9780687087570
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Extraordinary lives Jul 11, 2003
In her book, `Ordinary Ministry, Extraordinary Challenge', edited by Norma Cook Everist, is an exploration through the personal stories, experiences and insights of women in ministry. In this work, she explores the unique and not-so-unique aspects of being a woman in ministry. Female clergy and lay leaders have been sought for their input in putting together a collection based on the full range of issues, drawing on years of experience in preaching, stewardship, outreach, sacramental ministry, and more.
This is not a book just for women, but rather one for all people involved in the life of the church to help understand some of the challenges and difficulties that women face in different types of churches.
This is not a book that is a 'how-to' or a handy-dandy guide. These are reflections of experiences, and from these stories lessons can be learned; alas, not always happy lessons. These lessons can be broadly categorised into theology, leadership, context and public ministry areas. Suitable for classroom, private study or small group guidance, this book can serve most anyone or any community well that is trying to come to terms with the role of women in ministry and leadership, no matter where the person or community is beginning.
There is an implicit question in all of the essays, which goes along the lines of, 'Does the ministry women engage in differ substantially from that of their male peers?' The answer to this is both yes and no.
With regard to the use of the word ordinary, this is the basis of the words ordination and ordained -- those of us who are ordained are not set above or set apart for special privilege, but rather set to a pattern, or an order of life -- sometimes the liturgy can be called the 'ordinary' -- the order or pattern of life. Women have been in informal orders for the whole history of Christianity; more recently, most denominations have opened the ranks of the formally ordered.
But, of course, the word 'ordinary' also can mean common, usual, regular -- the practise of ministry is a common, usual and regular thing for the women who write in this book, and indeed in many stories not contained in this book.
One task of this book is to illustrate how 'ordinary' the ministry of women is, in all senses of the word. `God creates us to be steward ministers in the midst of sometimes incomprehensible pain, confusion, crisis, even catastrophe. We who claim the name of Christ dare to trust God to be not only the Righteous One, but also the Merciful One as we participate with our whole being in a ministry that trusts God is at work through us in the midst of it all.'
Ordinary Ministry, Extraordinary Challenge is superb! Jun 5, 2000
"This book is not *about* women ministers," writes the Rev. Dr. Norma Cook Everist, editor of Ordinary Ministy. "It is written *by* women ministers," she explains. Most of the essays are written by pastors, two by Bishops, two by lay women, one by a sister, and one by a diaconal minister candidate. While it is written by women, the book is to be read by women and men, especially those in parish ministry.
I am a lay person interested in the ministries of daily life, so I found myself reading chapters "out of order," as led by the Table of Contents and the contributor bios found on page 188-192.I turned first to Octogenarian Marj Leegard's essay, "Ordinary Roles: The Ministry of Word and Care," and was drawn in, as always, to her way of seeing and teaching the sacred in life events. Then I found myself hopping into places I didn't expect to go, as in "Ordinary Hope: The Ministry of Redevelopment."
If I have a criticism with the book, it's with the titles. "The Ministry of Redevelopment" is told through the story of Future Hope--the real name and the real story of a boy who occasionally shows up for church. "The Ministry of Word and Care" is told through the events at the house immediately following a fatal and tragic farm accident.
Many, if not most of the readers, are likely to be parish professionals and students of theology, so the titles for this audience will work. For those of you, like me, who don't fall in the primary audience, please don't be stopped by the titles. Dip in, here and there, as the page turns and the Spirit leads, and you will find yourself blessed, as I did.