Why auxiliary ministry?

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English 
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1988 
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In 1980, the United Reformed Church in England and Wales introduced an auxiliary or non-stipendiary ministry, which has created conflicting hopes and expectations in students and churches which seek to have an auxiliary minister. This report describes how a Provincial Director of Training came to tackle this problem by means of a project. Chapter I' introduces the new ministry, the Provincial Director, a student caught in the conflict of expectations, and. the Site Team that helped to devise the Project. Chapter II tells how the Project took shape. Chapters II I to V describe what was done to tackle the problem at four levels: students, local churches, a sample district and finally the denomination. Chapters VI to IX enter into a discussion of biblical, historical, theological and sociological issues raised by the Project. Chapter .X describes the formal ways by which the different parts of the Project were evaluated. Chapter XI reaches conclusions, the most important being, that if the United Reformed Church is to have a coherent rationale for this new ministry, it must: 1. abandon the name- "auxiliary"; 2. clarify its doctrine of ordination.  
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