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The Parish Handbook


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Bob Mayo is a vicar of Shepherd's Bush and a part-time member of staff at St Mellitus and at St Michael's Llandaff (as well as being chaplain to Queen's Park Rangers). He teaches Ministry Skills and Youth and Community Work in both institutions. He was Director of Youth Ministry Training at Ridley Hall and one of the co-authors of Making Sense of Generation Y (CHP 2008) and The Faith of Generation Y. Cameron Collington is Vicar of St Simon's, Shepherds Bush Green David Gillett is honorary assistant bishop and Diocesan Interfaith Adviser in the Diocese of Norwich.


"This is a hugely valuable book. It is more than a handbook - it is a guide, a collection of jewel-like insights, a distillation of years of experience that gives a genuine taste of the gritty reality and the sheer privilege of parish life and ministry." -- Rt Rev Graham Tomlin Bishop of Kensington and President of St Mellitus
"Bob Mayo creates a patchwork quilt whose threads are experience, reflection, scripture and vocation. This is an account of real life, real faith, real ministry. Read with care: for you hold in your hands love letters - to God, to ministry, and to the church." -- The Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields
"Bob Mayo writes about parish life with an artist's gift for words joined to a mature theological vision that makes for both compelling and convicting reading. His obvious love for pastoral ministry is of a completely non-sentimental kind. Thus he examines the themes of pastoral life in a way that is open to the mystery of God's presence while never hesitating to cast a self-critical look at the pretensions and foibles of community life. As a result readers will return to their own churches with a new awareness of the kingdom of God at work in, with and under human vulnerabilities." -- Roger Newell, Professor of Religious Studies, George Fox University, USA
"What a delight to find a book which combines practical vignettes of parish life with wise reflections, scriptural insights and spiritual encouragement. Bob, with his contributors, have given us a rich feast of practical wisdom which can be read from cover to cover or dipped into to give renewed and refreshed hope in parish ministry." -- The Revd Dr Neil Evans, Director of Ministry, Diocese of London
"Take decades of ministry and hours of pastoral observations, pass them through the crucible that is Bob Mayo's sharp mind and you are left with The Parish Handbook: a book that the next generation of clergy would be wise to keep within arm's reach" -- Katie Stock, award-winning Christian blogger.
`Taking its cue from Newbigin's insights into the calling of the church in the West, this is a richly rewarding box of theological reflections on Parish Ministry; deep in thought, elegant in expression, and fresh in illumination' -- Revd Dr Paul Weston, Director of the Newbigin Centre, Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
A collection of themes from A-Z guide the reader through the bread and butter of parish ministry, concluding each chapter with a prayer and reflection from Cameron Collington. * JM, Christianity magazine, May 2017 *

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