This volume falls into three symmetrical parts, each of which is subdivided. The first part draws on the missiological insights of Karl Barth and the Second Vatican Council concerning the missio Dei, and directly relates this theme to the tasks entrusted to the Church in “The Great Commission” of Matthew 28: the ministry of the Word, the celebration of the sacraments and the exercise of pastoral responsibility. It shows how Christians share in the ministry of Christ himself.
In the second part, the argument is carried forward by clarifying the much abused term “ministry” and offered is a more rigorous and somewhat controversial definition of ministry as work for the Church that is mandated by the Church and explicitly related to its core tasks. Ministers, therefore, represent both Christ and his Church.
The final part applies the insights of the earlier parts to ordained and lay ministry and offers a cogent answer to the question, What difference does ordination make? The book concludes with an agenda for the reform and development of ministry in the light of the arguments advanced.
- Title: A Ministry Shaped by Mission
- Author: Paul Avis
- Publisher: T & T Clark International
- Publication Date: 2005
- Pages: 152
About Paul Avis
Paul Avis is General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, Sub-Dean of Exeter Cathedral, and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Christian Church.