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By Thomas W. Currie

getting ready for ministry contains greater than the purchase of definite talents. the form of a disciple's soul as she or he embarks in this trip is as very important if no more so than studying the right way to exegete a textual content or interact in pastoral care. Ministry isn't effortless, and the education for this kind of Christian discipleship is open to quite a few temptations, now not least of that's a type of melancholy over the paucity of one's personal assets, or worse, the appearance that one is best off counting on one's personal abilities and virtues. what's wanted is bread for this trip, now not unavoidably exhortations to paintings tougher, yet phrases of encouragement and beauty that endure witness to the wonderful truth that ministry is, actually, a cheerful reward. those notes from a dean, who sought to aid his scholars detect that pleasure of their research and education, undergo witness to the only, whose existence offers bread for each trip, particularly for the adventure of pastoral ministry.

"In wondering ministry, Currie combines honesty with desire, sound theology with sensible suggestion, pleasure with lament. notwithstanding he bargains his nice insights as counsel and encouragement for brand new pastors, analyzing this publication towards the tip of my ministry can testify there's maintaining nourishment the following for the professional (fatigued? despondent?) pastor too. no one does a greater activity encouraging us pastors in our vocation and giving us what we'd like for this tough, cheerful trip that's the pastoral ministry."
--Will Willimon, United Methodist bishop, retired, and Professor of the perform of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity university

"Bread for the Journey is a doxology sung in theological, pastoral, and ecclesiological language. Currie supplies 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 carrier. this is often certainly a nourishing e-book; every one brief mirrored image beneficial of cautious analyzing, and the total a robust 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 center succeed in deeply through the amassed reminiscence of the Church to mine and make correct the treasure of its knowledge within the face of the demanding situations of those days. learn it devotionally, or in neighborhood. it's going to bless and inspire you."
--Theodore J. Wardlaw, President, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

A Presbyterian minister, Tom Currie used to be referred to 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. integrated during this publication is a variety of these notes that supply wish and suggestion to all who stroll alongside this path.

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