The current and most up to date version of Transforming Ministry magazine in electronic format. This could be especially useful if you have just taken out an annual subscription (as the printed option) but were too late to receive the current copy.
We are all made by our great Creator God, so using our own God-given creativity to praise God is fundamental to our worship. This issue of Transforming Ministry celebrates that, and looks at how the variety of different forms of creativity can be used. We hear from Erica Bebb and Tom Harper about how creative activities in church and community can be organised and nourished, from Imogen Clout who has discovered putting pencil or brush to paper can be a way into prayer, and from Jonathan Robinson about the role of music and listening. Jesus himself was a great storyteller, and Catherine Hammond shares her experience of using storytelling to communicate important truths. Finally, in this section, April McIntyre looks at ways of creating a prayerful environment, either for individuals or for congregations. Our roles as lay ministers are important to us. Carrie Myers and Adrian Greenwood encourage awareness of two recent reports, A Vision for Lay Ministry and Kingdom Calling, while Gillian Newton shares her longstanding delight in her lay calling.
More sombre notes are sounded by Jackie Brookfield’s article on ‘Acedia’ and Jonathan Clatworthy’s on the dilemmas surrounding the issue of assisted dying. These are followed by a helpful article from Loss and HOPE on ministering to those suffering bereavement. The final two articles, on ‘St Paul and his illness’, by Richard Appleton, and ‘The new curate’ by Timothy Lee, both refer directly to the Acts of the Apostles, linking us clearly with the early Church.
After such a difficult year, the extract on resilience from Justine Allain Chapman’s contribution to Bearing Witness in Hope: Christian Engagement in Challenging Times will be helpful for many.
The other two issues planned for this year will focus on Wisdom literature, and on lay ministry, where we are now and how we see the future for lay engagement and Sunday to Saturday faith. I look forward to plenty of lively discussion and debate.
With best wishes
Editorial – RICHENDA MILTON-DAWS
CRC: What does the future hold? – IMOGEN CLOUT
THEME – CREATIVITY AND WORSHIP
A heavenly dome over the arts – ERICA BEBB and TOM HARPER
Art as a way into prayer – IMOGEN CLOUT
Were you listening? – JONATHAN ROBINSON
Here’s a story – CATHERINE HAMMOND
Creating a space for prayer – APRIL McINTYRE
A Vision for Lay Ministries – CARRIE MYERS
Kingdom Calling – an important resource – ADRIAN GREENWOOD
The joys of lay ministry – GILLIAN NEWTON
Acedia – ‘The sickness that destroyeth in the noonday’ – JACKIE BROOKFIELD
Christian dilemmas on assisted dying – JONATHAN CLATWORTHY
Healing a grieving nation – LOSS AND HOPE
St Paul and his ‘illness’ – RICHARD APPLETON
The new curate – TIMOTHY LEE
Book extract: ‘Developing resilience’ from Bearing Witness in Hope
Author interview – JUSTINE ALLAIN-CHAPMAN
Obituary: Jean Rowe
Letters from Readers
Postscript – Andrew walker