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By Thomas W. Currie

getting ready for ministry includes greater than the purchase of sure talents. the form of a disciple's soul as she or he embarks in this trip is as vital if no more so than studying how one can exegete a textual content or have interaction in pastoral care. Ministry isn't effortless, and the coaching for this type of Christian discipleship is open to numerous temptations, now not least of that is one of those melancholy over the paucity of one's personal assets, or worse, the appearance that one is best off hoping on one's personal abilities and virtues. what's wanted is bread for this trip, now not inevitably exhortations to paintings tougher, yet phrases of encouragement and style that endure witness to the impressive fact that ministry is, in reality, a cheerful reward. those notes from a dean, who sought to assist his scholars detect that pleasure of their research and practise, undergo witness to the single, whose existence offers bread for each trip, in particular for the adventure of pastoral ministry.

"In considering ministry, Currie combines honesty with wish, sound theology with functional recommendation, pleasure with lament. even though he bargains his nice insights as assistance and encouragement for brand new pastors, analyzing this ebook towards the tip of my ministry can testify there's maintaining nourishment right here for the pro (fatigued? despondent?) pastor too. no one does a greater task encouraging us pastors in our vocation and giving us what we'd like for this hard, pleased trip that's the pastoral ministry."
--Will Willimon, United Methodist bishop, retired, and Professor of the perform of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity tuition

"Bread for the Journey is a doxology sung in theological, pastoral, and ecclesiological language. Currie provides glimpses of Barth and Bonhoeffer, modern theologians and medieval poetry, Bible tales and residing saints, all lifted as much as support form God's covenant humans for provider. this is often certainly a nourishing publication; each one brief mirrored image helpful of cautious analyzing, and the total a strong testimony to Jesus Christ."
--Jill Duffield, editor, The Presbyterian Outlook

"This selection of Tom Currie's weekly reflections, addressed to at least one specific seminary group throughout his thirteen-year deanship there, is now provided as a primer in devoted residing and pondering. Tom's scholarly brain and pastor's middle succeed in deeply during the accrued reminiscence of the Church to mine and make appropriate the treasure of its knowledge within the face of the demanding situations of those days. learn it devotionally, or in neighborhood. it is going to bless and inspire you."
--Theodore J. Wardlaw, President, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

A Presbyterian minister, Tom Currie was once known as in 2001 to function the organizing dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary's campus in Charlotte, N. Carolina. in the course of his 13 years as dean, Currie wrote weekly notes to his scholars, a lot of which handled the thrill and demanding situations of getting ready for ministry. incorporated during this e-book is a variety of these notes that provide desire and concept to all who stroll alongside this path.

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