Energion Publications and the Academy of Parish Clergy have come together in partnership to produce a series of books, titled Conversations in Ministry, on some of the important issues facing clergy today. The series title emphasizes the hope that the books will encourage clergy to engage with each other in conversations about their ministries. The hope of the writers and editors is not to birth superficial or theoretical discussions on or about ministry, but conversations in – within the context of – ministry. Topics will be focused on the point to keep the books brief at under 100 pages. It is the expectation of the publisher that there will be about three volumes in the series per year.
The first book in this series, Clergy Table Talk: Eavesdropping on Ministry Issues in the 21st Century, will appear in the Spring of 2012. The author is Kent Ira Groff, who takes 15 topics about ministry that are often considered distractions and provides ideas about how to transform them into a means of spiritual growth. He then provides spiritual practices to help readers put these transformations into practice.
The Academy of Parish Clergy is providing the editorial team led by Dr. Robert D. Cornwall which will include Lolly Dominski, William Tuck, Tim Bonney, David Moffett Moore, and Kent Ira Groff. Energion Publications Editor, Henry Neufeld, will guide the series for the publishing partner.
The Academy of Parish Clergy is an organization which assists clergy in enhancing their professional skills after initial entry into the profession and to require its members to undertake, supervise, and reflect upon their work in a lifelong commitment to continuing competence and skill development.