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When the Tui Calls: Rural Ministry - Origins and Futures

When the Tui Calls: Rural Ministry - Origins and Futures
 

The Tui (Parson Bird), with its tuft of white feathers at the neck, is highly adaptive, has a distinctive call, is protective of its domain, is an imitator of song and speech and is an enduring example of survival and adaptability. This essay on rural ministry reflects on its ... read full description below.

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Published 31 May 2017 by Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
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Author(s) By Bennett, Bill
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ISBN-13 9781927260708
ISBN-10 1927260701
Stock Available
Status Pre-order title, release date has been delayed
Publisher Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Imprint Philip Garside Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 31 May 2017
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Bennett, Bill
Category Christian spiritual & Church leaders
Christian ministry & pastoral activity
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Christianity: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 64
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Dewey Code Not specified
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Description of this Book

The Tui (Parson Bird), with its tuft of white feathers at the neck, is highly adaptive, has a distinctive call, is protective of its domain, is an imitator of song and speech and is an enduring example of survival and adaptability.

This essay on rural ministry reflects on its long evolution, its current challenges, and its continuing viability for the future in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Bennett highlights some key issues and opportunities for rural ministry today, including:

Maintaining identity as a rural community and church
Being forums for wider community discussion on current issues
Re-vitalising the church's ministry of hospitality
Ensuring those responsible for worship leadership are well-trained
Ensuring that worship gives expression to what is actually happening in the rural community
Developing strategies for on-farm, at-home visits or sub-regional get-togethers
Offering theological college students short residential stays to help them understand time-work-seasonality relationships, and how rural people view life and society.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Described as an essay , this 65-page book provides an informal and readable introduction to rural ministry. Parts one and two cover the historical origins in Roman and Celtic religion, embedded within parish and monastic structures, moving through the Reformation and Evangelical revivals, from a post-medieval to the 18th-century industrial, to the urban world.; The story comes to New Zealand in the third part, Clash of Cultures , which covers the missionary and settler activities of Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and Catholic developments. This section concludes with the treatment of Maori Missions and Pastorates and with the independent Maori ministries in partnership models which emerged later in the 20th-century.; In Part Four, Changing Patterns of Rural Ministry in the 20th- and 21st-Centuries , the subheadings highlight the interplay of religious and secular conflicts and compromises that have been central to the story of rural ministry from the beginning. They include, Rural Prosperity and Adversity , Affirming the distinctiveness of a rural ministry theology , Minita-a-iwi , The Impact of Political and Economic Changes , Rural Religion and Politics , Local Shared Ministry and The Near Landscape and Beyond .; Bill Bennett is the ideal writer of this book. As an Anglican Pakeha minister he has been a major mover and shaker in the development of a rural ministry theology and praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand. Much of his ministry has been in rural parishes in the Diocese of Waiapu as well as in Norwich and Lichfield Dioceses in England. His publications of prayers and hymns (both lyrics and music) are a taonga for ecumenical and bicultural worship services.; I strongly recommend this book for ministry formation, seminary and pastoral theology libraries and as a resource for lay and ordained ministers throughout New Zealand.; Review by John Thornley, published in Tui Motu Magazine. Issue 219 September 2017

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Author's Bio

Bill Bennett comes from a Southern Hawke's Bay farming background. He has served much of his ministry as an Anglican priest in rural parishes in the Diocese of Waiapu as well as in the Norwich and Lichfield Dioceses in England. He worked as Ministry Enabler and twice as Regional Dean in Hawke's Bay between 1994 and 2015. His interest in rural communities is reflected in his publications: God of the Whenua (an overview of rural ministry in New Zealand), Seasons of the Land and The Shepherd's Call (both being prayers and liturgies for rural communities). He continues to write hymns and songs (words and music). He is on the Editorial Board of the international periodical, Rural Theology. Till its demise recently he was tutor in Rural Ministry Studies for the Ecumenical Institute for Distance Theological Studies (EIDTS). He and his wife Wendy live in retirement in Napier, New Zealand.

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