Rules For Reverends
A fun - but at the same time insightful - collection of 250 'rules' for life in church ministry, ranging from straightforwardly humorous observations to shrewd and pithy one-liners that will make the reader pause for thought. Divided into 20...
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A fun - but at the same time insightful - collection of 250 'rules' for life in church ministry, ranging from straightforwardly humorous observations to shrewd and pithy one-liners that will make the reader pause for thought. Divided into 20 sections, ranging from Christmas to 'What (Not) to Wear', the book is illustrated by Church Times cartoonist Dave Walker, whose off-beat style perfectly complements the author's laconic approach, honed through years of ministry and sitting on church committees and also General Synod!
These 'rules' are not serious, really. Except the ones that are. Clergy inhabit a fantastic, pressurised, privileged, frustrating and humbling role. They get to join in the highest and lowest points of people's lives, often on the same day. They have experiences. If they are very skilled they learn from them as well as laugh about them. This book is for to clergy like me, and anyone who does anything like the job of a parish priest. You might just recognise a few things, and you'll probably be able to think of some more. And it's for everyone we work with, minister among, share with, pray for and meet with. Normal people. If you're not quite sure what your ministers do all day, what they think about things, why they wear strange clothes, or what they really want to do with their congregation at the end of a busy Sunday, then Rules for Reverends will give you a clue.
Jeremy Fletcher is Vicar of Beverley Minster, Yorkshire, after seven years as Canon Precentor at York Minster. A member of the General Synod, he is an enthusiastic blogger and Tweeter, as well as serving on the Church of England's Liturgical Commission, involved in the development of Common Worship.