The Spirit's Tether
Eight Lives in Ministry
By (author) Malcolm L. Warford
Publication date:03 June 2011
Length of book:227 pages
PublisherRowman & Littlefield Publishers
The Spirit's Tether: Eight Lives in Ministry tells the stories of eight men and women from their days as students at Union Theological Seminary in New York through their work today as pastors in local congregations over thirty years later. Since 1976 when they entered Union, Malcolm L. Warford has documented their experiences, first in theological education and then through their ministries. Finally, he has asked them to reflect on their vocational journeys and express what their calling has meant to them personally and professionally. The book reveals eight richly textured narratives full of the insight, heartache, and delight that go hand in hand with the practice of ministry--unvarnished truths from eight who have been formed by this work and calling. The Spirit's Tether is a distinctive resource for ministers, congregational leaders, and those in theological education whose role it is to prepare women and men for their sojourns into ordained ministry.
What is the actual, observable, impact of a seminary education? There are gems of seasoned insight here in a tapestry of narratives and reflections tracing the 30-year careers of eight seminary-students-become-ministers. Warford provides an unprecedented perspective on the real outcomes of theological curriculum.