L 31 Refusing to be Indispensable: Vacating the Centre of Church Life (2018)


Despite the pressures often placed upon them, today’s clergy are not required to be indispensable—doing all the ministry themselves—but rather to ensure the ministry is done.

In a time of cuts in clergy numbers, this timely study illustrates how incumbents can refuse to be central to church life, instead releasing and equipping their flock to do the real work of mission and service. Only then can churches become ministering communities, rather than communities centred on a minister.

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Author: Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths has served as director of studies for a theological college in Hungary, as a lay worker and curate in France, and for 12 years as Vicar of Galleywood in Essex; he now helps train curates and other ministers for the Diocese of Chelmsford.

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