I Have Called You Friends

An Invitation to Ministry

Kevin L. Thew Forrester

Aug/2003, 108 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898694260



I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my father.

--John 15:15

These words of Jesus to his disciples teach that the mutuality of friendship is at the heart of a Christian community. When baptized into that community, we accept this mutuality and desire to serve others. Kevin Thew Forrester says, "We can go so far as to say that to be a member of the community entails being a minister. . . Baptism and ministry are two sides of the same coin." This ministry is the responsibility of all baptized members of the church not merely the ordained.

Drawing on experiences of the people in the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, the author challenges the whole church to seek this mutual ministry as the key to its future health and mission.

This book coordinates with the LifeCycles program from LeaderResources.

Kevin Thew Forrester has had extensive experience in the reality of mutual ministry in his work in the dioceses of Oregon and Eastern Oregon, as well as in Northern Michigan, where he currently serves as Ministry Development Coordinator. He is also a coordinator of Living Stones, a group of dioceses in Canada and the United States committed to the living out of mutual ministry.

Part One 

Baptism: Equality and Freedom

-Listening to Scripture
-Baptism: A Passage into Freedom
-Listening to Science

Part Two

A People Transformed through Mutual Ministry

-How to Set a Table in the Wilderness
-The Strength of That Center
-Leadership and the Gifts of Ministry
-"Local": The Place of Call, Formation, and Service
-Sending Forth

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  • lay ministry
  • faith formation
  • leadership

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