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by Julia Gatta

What distinguishes Christian ministry from other helping professions? While many books tell clergy how to run a capital campaign, handle conflict, and lead a vestry, this book helps pastors, chaplains, and lay professionals appreciate the spiritual depth of their calling and reminds them that Christian ministry is Christs ministry working through them.
Download The Nearness of God: Parish Ministry as Spiritual Practice epub
ISBN: 0819223182
ISBN13: 978-0819223180
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Churches & Church Leadership
Author: Julia Gatta
Language: English
Publisher: MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (February 1, 2010)
Pages: 141 pages
ePUB size: 1414 kb
FB2 size: 1906 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 169
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Drawing upon her experiences of more than 25 years as a parish priest, a leader of clergy retreats, as a spiritual director and as a Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of the South, Julia Gatta offers profound and helpful guidance to clergy about the opportunities, joys, dangers and theological grounding of serving as a pastor. The book is also recommended for laypersons who are active in their congregations (which is what I am).

Her style is direct and accessible, and she occasionally draws upon a personal vignettes that illuminate her sound and thoughtful approaches to ministry. The sections of the book cover the theological and personal meanings of being called to ministry, the special relationship of clergy to Communion Services, effective preaching, serving as a shepherd to one's congregation, and the particular temptations that can affect clergy.

Dr. Gatta's discussions are based on a clear and informed understanding of Holy Scripture, and flow easily as part of her presentations. The book is a suitable gift for all ministers.

Tom O'Brien
We are using this as a study for our clergy study group. I am very pleased with the book.
this book is helping me keep going. I'm reading it slowly every day and I'm finding my vision for parish ministry renewed.
As one discerning a call to ordained ministry, while currently being active in parish ministry as a lay staff member, this book has helped shift my understanding of ministry. Even the administrative tasks that I procrastinate are an act of prayer. This is a must read for anyone in ministry, lay or ordained, and for anyone discerning a call to ministry.
This book has been a great reminder of the Spirit when I am in danger of being buried by the daily drill. Exactly what I needed to lift me above the daily routine.