A Wesleyan Theology of the Eucharist: The Presence of God for Christian Life and Ministry by Jason E. Vickers, general editor. This book brings together noted Wesleyans who seek to recover the importance of Holy Communion. Leading Wesleyan scholars reflect on the Eucharist in connection with each of the major areas of Christian theology and on the relationship between the Eucharist and aspects of Christian life and ministry.
This book is available through the GBHEM Candidacy Office. http://www.gbhem.org/clergy/candidacy
Can women successfully pastor churches of 1,000 or more? How can they possibly take care of their large, diverse flocks - and themselves?
The year 2006 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic decision in 1956 to accord full clergy rights to women clergy in The Methodist Church. Courageous Past-Bold Future chronicles this historic journey of passion, struggle, courage, and hope. In a moving early chapter, Thompson recounts the stories of the 27 women from 19 annual conferences who were received on probation at the 1956 General Conference, as well as three women elders from The Methodist Protestant Church still serving that year.
Eminent United Methodist historian Russell Richey skillfully analyzes the evolving marginalization of "extension ministers"—United Methodist clergypersons serving the denomination in ministry settings beyond the local parish. Drawing on denominational history, theological argument, and practical experience, Richey offers trenchant insights for reintegrating this vital ministry into the United Methodist connectional covenant today.
This study originated as a plenary address at THE UMC AFTER TAMPA: WHERE DO WE GO FOM HERE? A United Methodist Faculty Consultation for the 2012-16 Quadrennium, an event sponsored and hosted by Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
A Wesleyan Guide to Leadership. Designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition, Revised Edition delves into Wesleyan scholarship to guide readers into effective contemporary leadership, from a solidly Wesleyan perspective. Calling upon insights from the 1700s Wesleyan revival in England, authors Carder and Warner motivate, form, and guide church leaders. The revised edition expands the content of the first edition and includes more illustrations and models of leadership formed and empowered by grace.
Distancing himself from liberals and conservatives but also pointing to the uselessness of a middle way, Rieger explores the theology of grace in situations of human pressure. Following John Wesley in his move to consider the 'works of mercy' as part of the means of grace, the author proposes to us a relational concept of grace that will prosper in dialogue and solidarity with those in distress, the oppressed 'other' who make present the gracious 'Other.'
United Methodists have a rich history of involvement in prison ministry and criminal justice work. Yet today, precisely at a time when incarceration is reaching unprecedented levels in the United States, prison ministry in The United Methodist Church is fragmented and badly in need of a fresh vision. I Was In Prison seeks to address this need.