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Title: Parish ministry : servant of mission : what is the understanding of 'ministry' in today's church with particular focus on 5 parishes in South London?
Author: Mulligan, John Anthony Francis
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 1191
Awarding Body: King's College London (University of London)
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis is a study of ministry in the multi-ethnic world of South London. In this setting, language, tradition, custom and culture have become both obstacle and key to ecclesiological understanding and community engagement. At the outset, a theological framework for the study is established. This encompasses church, parish, charism and ministry, all serving the primary task of mission. From an empirical study involving some of the key people who give their time and talent to their local communities in five South London parishes, ministry is seen not as an isolated activity but as something that is a dynamic and significant component within the greater pastoral context. This study highlights the importance of mapping a local theology by listening attentively to the local culture, and engaging with community members as they reflect on life in their context. The research also brings to light the tensions and conflicts that surface internally when the exercise of power by the institutional Church is experienced at parish level. A gulf can be observed between the institution and the people of God in the local faith community. At the heart of this study there emerges an acute awareness of the near-absence of critical theological reflection on parish practice. The empirical evidence also suggests that there is a matrix of issues which are in need of immediate and sustained attention. These include communication, dialogue and formation. It is clear that strategic pastoral planning is required so that the needs of the people can be continually identified, the Sunday Liturgy be meaningfully sustained, catechists be regularly recruited and adequately trained and the young Church be appropriately welcomed and nourished. A review of ministerial formation for both lay and ordained people emerges as fundamentally important in the long-term interests of communion, co-responsibility and accountability for mission.
Supervisor: McGrath, Alister; Barnes, Laurence Philip Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.The.Min.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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