Collaboration: Uniting Our Gifts in Ministry

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Despite the focus on collaborative ministry in several church documents and pastoralletters in recent years, two frequently asked questions still persist: "What is it?" and "How do we make it work?"

In Collaboration: Uniting Our Gifts in Ministry, authors Loughlan Sofield , ST and Carroll Juliano, SHCJ, provide answers to these questions based on their work of over twenty years with thousands of Christians who are actively working to give birth...

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Overview

Despite the focus on collaborative ministry in several church documents and pastoralletters in recent years, two frequently asked questions still persist: "What is it?" and "How do we make it work?"

In Collaboration: Uniting Our Gifts in Ministry, authors Loughlan Sofield , ST and Carroll Juliano, SHCJ, provide answers to these questions based on their work of over twenty years with thousands of Christians who are actively working to give birth to a ministry that calls on all Christians to share their baptismal gifts.

Collaboration offers a comprehensive model and a wealth of practical strategies to help ministers navigate their way through the sometimes messy, sometimes painful issues they confront. Chronicling the many developments in the church's life and practice since the issue of collaborative ministry first came into focus, they identify some of the myths and obstacles that hinder effective collaborative ministry and offer concrete examples of why and how collaboration is working. Their careful use of a full range of contemporary ecclesial documents helps readers concretize a sometimes nebulous understanding of collaborative ministry.

lectures and gives workshops across the United States as well as internationally. His two most recent books (both from Ave Maria Press) were awarded first place by the Catholic Press Assn: Building Community: Christian, Caring, Vital and Collaborative Leader. He is senior editor of Human Development magazine and a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.

Sr. Carroll Juliano, SHCJ, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, is currently serving on the congregation's formation team of the American Province. Carroll has authored numerous articles and books. She is co-author of Building Community: Christian, Caring, Vital, and Design for Wholeness: Dealing with Anger, Learning to Forgive and Building Self-Esteem.

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Howard J. Hubbard
There is no one in church leadership today who has given more commitment, passion, and scholorship to a vision of collaborative ministry than Br. Loughlan Sofield and Sr. Carroll Juliano. It is my prayer and hope that I will continue to be formed and shaped by the prophetic vision of this book and that the church will continue to be renewed through the giftedness of each and every person called by baptism to buils the reign of god. (Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877936831
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 791,128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
1. A Model for Collaborative Ministry 17
2. Myths of Collaborative Ministry 31
3. Evolution of Collaborative Ministry 39
4. Obstacles to Collaborative Ministry 51
5. Readiness for Collaborative Ministry 73
6. Spirituality for Collaborative Ministry 85
7. Group Leadership 103
8. Conflict 123
9. Confrontation 139
10. Structure and Process for Collaborative Ministry 147
11. Collaborative Ministry in Practice 163
Epilogue: Collaborative Leadership: A Challenge to All 177
Bibliography 183
Sources 186
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