Having managed during his eventful time as a vicar to become a footnote in ecclesiastical history(!), John Pritchards current role as a jobbing bishop ensures he is in contact with many parish priests every week. In this lively and hopeful volume, he realistically maps out the life and work of those called to serve God in the pastoral ministry, looking in turn at the only three things he believes need be of concern: the glory of God, the pain of the world, and the renewal of the Church. From those flow the priests many roles, such as spiritual explorer, multi-lingual interpreter, wounded companion, friendly irritant, creative leader and mature risk-taker.
John Pritchard is Bishop of Oxford and was formerly Bishop of Jarrow. He was archdeacon of Canterbury and, before that, Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham. He has served in parishes in Birmingham and Taunton, and has been Diocesan Youth Officer for Bath and Wells Diocese.
Books by John include The Intercessions Handbook, The Second Intercessions Handbook, Beginning Again, How to Pray, Living Easter Through the Year, How to Explain your Faith, The Life and Work of a Priest and Going to Church: A user’s guide. He is married to Wendy and has two married daughters.