"It is no secret that our church suffers from too many impaired clergy-parishioner relationships. Has it ever been thus ? Some shift in authority, or our view of it, has raised barriers and walls between our priests and the people they serve. .... The answer lies, Dr. Wade writes, in finding the truth of the Gospel, as well as the truth of the congregational-priest relationship, and then living and working together for good for God, his Church, and all his people. The expectations involved for both priest and parish leaders in living the Great Commission together requires firm grounding -- more so in love than in mission statements, contracts, or working agreements. .... In these honest, direct letters 'To a Congregation' and 'To a New Rector', Wade makes the argument that the case for healing is more important than staking out territory" (p. 2-3).
Contents: Preface -- Letter to a Congregation -- Letter to a New Rector.
Author is an Episcopal priest who "was the rector of St. Alban's Parish, Washington, D.C. (1983-2005) .. and has become a mentor and consultant to priests and congregations from coast to coast". -- back page.