Called to minister: vocational discernment in the contemporary church

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These essays assist the people of God in thinking about who God calls to minister, to discern the specific ministries to which individuals are called, and to prepare them for the exercise of those ministries.

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Edited by former Director of St Mark’s, Tom Frame, this collection of essays was collated to assist the people of God in thinking about who God calls to minister, to discern the specific ministries to which individuals are called, and to prepare them for the exercise of those ministries.

  • Pt. 1 Church leadership and the mission of God / Stuart Robinson
  • The priesthood of all believers / Heather Thomson
  • Pt. 2 The vocation of the laity / Bruce Kaye
  • Personal reflection-1 / Lynlea Rodger
  • Ministry in the diaconate / Peter Pocock
  • Personal reflection-2 / Peter Rose
  • Ministry in the presbyterate / Mark Short
  • Personal reflection-3 / Bronwyn Suptut
  • Pt. 3 The content of theological education / Stephen Pickard
  • The role of vocational training / Tom Frame
  • Spiritual maturity and ministerial obligation / Sarah Bachelard
  • The necessity of personal and pastoral reflection / Neil Millar
  • Ministerial duty and professional discipline / Garth Blake
  • Honouring families and friends / Kirrilee and Ewan Reid
  • Personal life and public vocation in ministry / Ian Palmer
  • Postscript: ‘And the lot fell on Matthias’ / Graeme Garrett. Appendix: TEAC documents (Theological Education for the Anglican Communion).

Bishop Tom Frame was born at Sydney in 1962. He joined the RAN College, HMAS Creswell, as a 16-year old cadet midshipman in January 1979. After serving as Research Officer to the Chief of Naval Staff and completing a PhD on the HMAS Voyager disaster, he resigned from the RAN in late 1992 to complete a Masters degree in theology and training for the Anglican priesthood. Ordained in 1993, he held parish appointments in Australia and England. He was Bishop to the Australian Defence Force from 2001-07, a Visiting Fellow in the School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University (1999-2003) and Patron of the Armed Forces Federation of Australia (2002-06). He has been a member of the Council of the Australian War Memorial since 2004.Bishop Frame is the author or editor of twenty books including A Church for a Nation: A History of the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn; Church and State: Australias Imaginary Wall; Anglicanism in Australia: A History (edited with Bruce Kaye, Colin Holden and Geoffrey Treloar),A Church for aNation, LIving by the Sword? The Ethics of Armed Intervention and Agendas for Australian Anglicanism: Essays in Honour of Bruce Kaye (edited with Geoffrey Treloar). He was the Director of St Marks National Theological Centre, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University from 2007 to 2013. Bishop Frame is married to Helen and lives in Canberra.