"Published for the World Council of Churches Commission on World Mission and Evangelism by Edinburgh House Press".
"First published 1965. Second impression 1965". -- verso of t.-p.
"The question is not, 'What special and exceptional arrangements must we make in order to keep the traditional pattern of the ministry from breaking under the new strains ?' The question is, 'What pattern of ministry in the new circumstances into which God has thrust is, is the pattern of ministry which is proper to the nature of the Church as God's apostolic community in this world ?' This requires us to submit our traditional patterns, however hallowed by custom, to fresh scrutiny in the light of the Word of God, and in the light of a realistic understanding of the situation in which the Church's mission has to be discharged in the present day. When this is done it may well be that, in certain circumstances, the 'non-professional;', ministry will be seen to be the essential ministry, and that of the full-time professional the 'auxiliary' or 'supplementary'. That is, of course, only a possibility and by no means a certainty. What is certain is that the question of the form of the ministry can only be rightly answered on the basis of an understanding of the nature of the Church which is in conformity with the biblical doctrine of the Church as a missionary community". -- Preface.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Preface / Lesslie Newbigin -- Introduction / David M. Paton -- Shepherd, Teacher and Celebrant in the New Testament Conception of the Ministry / A.T. Hanson -- The Ministry and a Secular Occupation / Lukas Vischer -- The Ministry as a Profession: A Sociological Critique -- Justus Freytag -- Modern Experience in Practice / H. Boone Porter -- Selected Annotated Bibliography.
Colophon: Made and printed in England by Wm. Carling and Co. Ltd., Hitchin, Herts.
OTCH Note: Anglican contributors include Anthony T. Hanson, David M. Paton and H. Boone Porter.
Research pamphlets ; 12
World Council of Churches. Commission on World Mission and Evangelism
Hanson, Anthony Tyrrell, 1916-1991
Newbigin, Lesslie (James Edward Lesslie), 1909-1998