Ministry in the Church

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This comprehensive overview of the development of Christian ministry is revised to address historical developments and new questions in ministry in recent decades. Bernier’s approach takes as its inspiration the notion that ministry is “the service God requires of all the baptized,” not just the task of ordained ministers or church employees. An ideal textbook for students of ministry or ecclesiology, this book illustrates the fluidity and form of Christian ministry, and its place both in and outside the institutional Church. It is also a valuable resource for adult education as well as for pastoral ministers seeking to broaden their understanding of their roles.

Fr. Paul Bernier, S.S.S., is a member of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the former editor of Emmanuel, a magazine of Eucharistic spirituality. He has authored five books, including Eucharist and Bread Broken and Shared (both from Ave Maria). He lives in Cleveland, OH.

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Ministry in the Church
A Historical and Pastoral Approach
Second Edition
Paul Bernier
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This book continues to be a solid invitation to engage the history and theology of ordained ministry. Moreover, in the final chapters it serves as an important call to the contemporary church to deal more imaginatively with the issues we face in the area of the ministry of Christ's church.
Essential reading for those in religious formation and anyone seeking knowledge about the historical and pastoral evolution of official ministry in the Church.... recommended for all theological libraries.
In terms of scope regarding the history and theology of ministry, this volume is indeed a fine work.
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