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Really interested to see that you have found this - it was one of the most inspiring passages for me on my journey to ordination (after 20 years of full-time ministry

The next big breakthrough was when I realised that in any particular community there should be more than one priest - that the problem the Church had created for itself sprung from their being one priest in each Church/community. I have started to write up the the differing roles:
I would hazard a guess that the apostolic role is more you, and that it is the associate role would be for some-one else but is what most people expect of priests?

Cheers Mark. Interesting quote - one that resonates with me too. Thanks for sharing it and the reflection around it.

i would be uncomfortable with the 'focus point' thing too mark - if it means a person being the focus of attention and authority - but to me it means more that the guardian serves to focus the attention of others towards Christ, to keep the focus towards the common rule as followers in the way of Christ, to focus energy in keeping to the rythmn of life that has been agreed by the community - that seems to me to be a much more life giving and gracefully subversive way of serving as guardian and in our community, much more what i find myself wrestling with - peace, julie

Found my way to this after our encounter earlier in the week, Mark. It resonated with my reading and experience of Total Ministry (ECUSA) and Local Shared Ministry (New Zealand) where the professional priests are withdrawn from residence in and responsibility (cure of souls) in a Parish into an Enabling/mentoring role to several parishs. Each Parish has its, locally called-out ministry team, licensed collectively by Bishop. Each Team would be likely to have a co-ordinator, teacher, preacher, liturgist, pastor, and (of necessity for Anglican communion services) local-ordained eucharistic ministers (always more than 1). It's an evolving workable 'fudge', but seems to me to be a move in the right direction.

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