Deriving from a conference entitled Who Do You Say That I Am? Opportunities and Challenges for Pastoral Ministry that took place at the Milltown Institute, Dublin, in 2008, Pastoral Ministry for Today brings together the four papers delivered over the two-day event. Opened by the Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, his paper is herein published as a preface to the book.
The four essays presented examine the issue of how to minister in contemporary Irish society today, and readers will find an array of pastoral insights that will help them in their ministry.The contributors,Timothy Radcliffe,Thomas G. Grenham, Michael Carroll and Anne Codd, speak from their own lived experience of ministry in varying contexts. Areas discussed include the role of conversation in ministry, the exploration of pastoral care in the global village, the development of an effective pastoral presence, an examination of Living Systems within the pastoral context and the role of supervision for quality ministry.
The concluding chapter by Bairbre de Búrca is a reflective essay on the papers presented and offers some suggestions for the future of ministry.The practical and useful insights given by all the contributors address some of the issues associated with providing caring and effective ministry.