Besides “The Christian Priest Today“, this is the other book that I lend to people discerning their vocation. It has the advantage of being up-to-date and speaking about the Church of England as it is today. Highly commended.
Messenger, sentinel, steward … these three words have been used to describe the work of a priest in the Church of England since Cranmer wrote the original ordination rite in 1550. Two more, servant and shepherd, were added in 1980. Taken together, these five metaphors provide a rich and resonant set of ideas through which to explore the nature of Christian ministry.
In this short, lyrical book, Bishop Stephen Cottrell explores each one; based on actual addresses given to ordinands on the night before their ordination, it is refreshing, challenging and accessible.
Anyone considering ordination or already in ministry will want to read this book for the fascinating exploration of the five metaphors he considers.