Clergy Table Talk

Clergy Table Talk: Eavesdropping on Ministry Issues in the 21st Century

Inaugural Book of the Conversations in Ministry Book Series

"'The barrier that gets in the way of ministering is ministry,' a seasoned pastor told a retreat group I was leading. From serving as a parish pastor for two decades, and longer still as a retreat leader, seminary professor, and spiritual guide for ministers and other servants, I've heard clergy talk about myriad issues that initially seem like distractions: congregational conflict, administration overload, denominational politics, pressure to say what folks want to hear-physical, spiritual, and emotional burnout. Would it seem like a miracle if such barriers could become bridges to deepening spiritual life and vocation? I invite you to ponder: When in your life has a ministry emergency morphed into an occasion for spiritual emergence?"

With this observation, author Kent Ira Groff introduces the subject matter for Clergy Table Talk: Eavesdropping on Ministry Issues in the 21st Century: transforming the busyness of life in ministry today into opportunities to deepen spirituality.

Groff confronts issues that are relevant and difficult with depth, as evidenced by the following chapter titles:
  • Busy vs. Active: Stillness While in Motion
  • Praying on the Go: Practicing Lectio in All of Life
  • The Digital Divide: When the Younger Becomes the Elder
  • Issues Clergy Don't Talk About: Internet, Addictions, and Integrity
  • The Only Way vs. Many Rooms: Mission in a Pluralistic World
At the end of each chapter, Groff includes questions and a spiritual practice inviting the reader to integrate the chapter's theme into contemplative and active life. The book can be used for either individual or group spiritual formation.

Clergy Table Talk: Eavesdropping on Ministry Issues in the 21st Century can be purchased directly from Energion Publications, or from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.














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