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This is the question we all come up against – sooner or later if not every week. How do we go in peace from our church buildings, to love and serve the Lord? And how do we love and serve others (even those we find it difficult to get along with) every day of the week? Faith is not just for Sundays though, and if we are to be good witnesses we have to live as we preach.
The writers in the Theme section of this issue all look at this problem from different angles. Carrie Myers goes back a step, reporting on the process for discerning vocations. Sarah Mortimer considers lay calling within a historical context. Jonny Baker looks at the special role of Pioneers (who can of course be ordained or lay), and Jacki Thomas and Mandy Stanton both address the challenges of being a Christian of integrity in a secular world.
Because being lay, being ministers, facilitators and preachers, telling our faith in new and imaginative ways, and modelling Christian behaviour, are all integral to our calling, all the articles in this issue are relevant to the theme ‘Lay ministry – looking outward’. John Griffiths shares his enthusiasm for podcasts as a way of broadening knowledge. Doral Hayes tells us how she has taken on the role of Living in Love and Faith Advocate. Rachel Swatton picks up Paul’s imagery of ‘the armour of God’ and Jan Hesselwood describes an imaginative approach to sharing our story with anyone who happens to be passing. Preaching is central to our calling for many of us, so there is also a report from the Church Times Festival of Preaching held last September.
The books section includes an extract from Dear England by the Archbishop of York which, we hope, will challenge and inspire.
By the time you receive this issue, we will fast be approaching another year. The first issue of 2022 will focus on continuing ministerial education and the importance of being open to learning more. The second issue, out early in the Easter season, will look at the Acts of the Apostles, along with some of the lesser-known epistles. The last two issues of the year will focus on chaplaincy in different contexts, and on inclusiveness in all its forms. Please do contact me (email@example.com) if you are interested in writing on any of these topics – or indeed on anything else that might interest our readers.
Praying for Afghanistan
THEME – CREATIVITY AND WORSHIP
Discernment in the 2020s
Christianity and the Common Good –
in the past and the present
‘When do I get to stand up?’
Taking the good news into the community
Learning to be salt
Life and witness – outside the church bubble
Build yourself a preaching support
network using podcasts
Living in Love and Faith:
a Reader’s perspective
Using the images of ‘Armour of God’
Gospel in the garden
Highlights from the Church Times
Festival of Preaching
God, gardening, ministry and me
Book extract from Dear England
Meet the author of Dear England
News and Notices
Letters from Readers