Verna Dozier "has gathered important writings -- her own and others' -- that answer three vital questions about ministry in the world. Part I addresses the question, `How does one make decisions when the choice is only between lesser evils ?' The task of the lay person is not as clear as choosing the good rather than the evil. These readings point to the agonizingly ambiguous questions most Christians face in daily work. What does an editor print -- and why ? How do politicians and bank tellers make tough choices and live with them ? Part II asks, `How does one live with the incomplete -- never quite making it ?' These readings point to the tough, slogging work that's involved in dealing with big issues -- getting state mental health policy changed, or dealing with hazardous waste. Part III asks the question, `How can we educate so that the resources of the faith are there for strength and not for solutions ?' This section addresses the relationship between the church and the world, theological issues related to the ministry of the laity, and specifically ways the institutional church can support the ministry of the laity where they live and work". -- inside front cover.
Contents divided into three main parts: I: Making Decisions -- II: Living with the Incomplete -- III: Educational Support Systems. Part III divided into three sub-sections: Relationship between the Church and the World -- The Theological Issues -- New Challenges for the Institution.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Where are the ministers of the laity ? -- Faith and Politics : Our Ministry as Citizens / Eleanor N. Lewis and Mimi Waxter -- Lay Ministry Battle Story : Grey Areas in Black Type / Chris Satullo -- Service Is Her Business / Bill Robinson -- Prophets to Profit / Robert K. Massie, Jr. -- The Minstry of the Laity : Reflections for Study and Debate / Neil M. Alexander -- Saturday's Ministries / Mark Gibbs -- A Ministry with the Developmentally Disabled / Joan Irving -- Confronting the National Security State : Ex-NSA Agent, Wife Tell of Ordeal : Interview of Margie and John Gilbert / Robert L. DeWitt and Mary Lou Suhor -- Hazardous Waste and Holy Ground / John Finn -- Lay Ministry Battle Story / Emma Lou Benignus -- Is This Ministry ? / Neil Braxton Gibson -- Ministry in the Marketplace / William E. Diehl -- Practicing the Public Life in the Congregation / Parker Palmer -- From a Paper prepared for a workshop on lay ministry at Christ Church, Little Rock / N. Patrick Murray -- Where in the World is the Church / Celia A. Hahn -- Ministries Outside the Parish / Mark Gibbs -- "No Moment During the Week is `Recess' from Ministry / Barbara Campbell -- Are Laity Being Shortchanged ? / Patricia Garrett Drake -- A Sacred Space / Verna J. Dozier -- Toward a Theology of the Laity / Verna J. Dozier -- A Biblical Base for Ministry / Verna J. Dozier -- Empowering the Ministries of the Laity : How Congregations Can Go About It / Jacqueline McMakin and Rhoda Nary -- Challenge to Ministry : Opportunities for Older Persons / Emma Lou Benignus -- Equipping the Saints through Supervision / David S. Young.
"This book aims to spell out more fully the connections between God's work and ours while recognizing the realities of contemporary work. ....To keep the book within manageable limits, we decided to restrict our focus to the public workplace, thereby omitting certain important areas of work such as the home and the community. .... The book focuses primarily on white-collar employment. .... The contributors are united on the crucial importance of re-establishing the faith-work connection. Out of their reflections and experience they are convinced that: Only so can Christians in the marketplace develop a holistic understanding of their faith rather than the compartmentalized one that tends to prevail; Only so can churches properly equip the people of God for their ministry in the world, their primary ministry, as well as in the church; Only so can society feel more powerfully the creative impact of Christian vision and values, commitment and compassion, that alone will overcome pressing and deep-seated problems". -- Foreword.
Contents divided into three main sections: Starting Points -- Workplace Reflections -- Helpful Resources.
Contents: Forword dated January 1993 / Robert Banks-- The Sunday-Monday Gap: Resistance in Church and World to Connecting Faith and Work / Edward A. White -- The Place of Work in the Divine Economy: God as Vocational Director and Model / Robert Banks -- High-Technology Work and the New Creation: Dealing with Intangibles, Ambiguities, and Consequences / Hal Miller -- The Television Journalist: Telling and Doing the Truth As a Way of Glorifying God in the Media / Mary Munford -- The Builder-Developer as Steward of God's Resources: Bringing God's Kingdom to the Marketplace and Inner City / Perry Bigelow -- A Business Owner's Mission: Working as a Christian in a Car Sales Firm / Don Flow -- Reflecting Christ in the Banking Industry: The Manager as Prophet, Priest, and King / Sandra Herron -- The Teacher as Revealer and Role Model: Education as a Reflection of the Incarnation / Steve Garber -- The Farmer as Re-Settler: Cultivating and Connecting in the Real World / Richard Begbie -- A Craftworker as Marketplace Apostle: Forming a Co-operative on Early Church Principles / Julia Banks -- Resources for Marketplace Christians: Sampling and Evaluating the Materials / Scott Young -- Bringing the Workplace in the Worship Space: Celebration and Education for Worldly Ministry / William Diehl -- The Threefold Call: The Trinitarian Character of Our Everyday Vocations / Gordon Preece -- The Faith-Work Journey: Developing and Deepening the Connection between Faith and Work / Janet Hagberg -- Biographies.
"Full of practical experience and wisdom, this book shows you specific ways to affirm, equip, and support members. The crucial roles of the pastor and director of member ministry are discussed. Whereas `The Empowering Church' explains how ministry in daily life can be supported by organizational structure, Diehl shows how program delivers this crucial support". -- inside front cover.