Transforming Vocation

Sam Portaro

Mar/2008, 160 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780898695861

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At once “travel guide” and vision for the future, the Transformation series is good news for the Episcopal Church at a time of fast and furious demographic and social change. Series contributors - recognized experts in their fields - analyze our present plight, point to the seeds of change already at work transforming the church, and outline a positive new way forward. What kinds of churches are most ready for transformation? What are the essential tools? What will give us strength, direction, and purpose to the journey?

Each volume of the series will:

  • Explain why a changed vision is essential
  • Give robust theological and biblical foundations
  • Offer a guide to best practices and positive trends in churches large and small.
  • Describe the necessary tools for change
  • Imagine how transformation will look

In the Episcopal Church, it seems the only real purpose and end of Christian discernment is professional ordination, either to the priesthood or to the vocational diaconate. This book deals with such questions as, How can both communities and individuals discern a call from God within the vocations and tasks in which they find themselves? How can the Church deal creatively with its confusion about the differing roles and authority of ordained and lay ministers?  

Sam Portaro, formerly Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Chicago and Director of Brent House, has had a long and rich career in campus ministry mentoring students and young adults. His published work reflects his own vocational journey: Inquiring & Discerning Hearts: Vocation & Ministry with Young Adults on Campus, Crossing the Jordan:Meditations on Vocation, Conflict and A Christian Life, and Sheer Christianity.

"Clergy and lay leaders should find much that is pertinent in Transforming Vocation. Others who are yearning for a richer spiritual life or who are perceiving a possible call to some form of ministry probably will devour this."—The Living Church, June 8, 2008

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