"This work is the result, therefore, of four years of following where 'The Future Shape of Ministry' might lead. In that sense it is a sequel to the previous book though it stands on its own as a study in pastoral theology. .... My intention here is to pursue a particular dimension of ministry which lies at the heart of all ministry. This I seek to do by developing one aspect of ministry which, while closely related to questions of pastoral care, church, society, and theological reflection, is more directly involved with the awareness of God's presence in the ministering community. Some will call this aspect an altered state of consciousness, openness to the word of God, ecstasy, or transcendental experience; but I am concerned for the experience of God in the present. My belief is that if we can recover a plausible piety -- a word whose good reputation I would reinstate -- in our time, this will go a long way to vivifying all other aspects of ministry inasmuch as they are expressions of the salvific work of the body of Christ." -- Intro.
Contents divided into three main parts: The Context of Ministry -- Toward a Contemporary Piety -- Patterns in Ministry.
Contents: Introduction dated St. Joseph of Arimathea [17 March] 1975 -- The City -- The Meaning -- The Mystery -- He Who Images -- The Place of Imaging -- Dying to Image -- Image and Story -- The Congregation -- The Priest -- The World -- Notes.