English bishop encourages young people to priesthood

The British Bishop of Litchfield is working to convince young people to consider the priesthood in the Church of England using video, web presence and other means...

Bishop seeks to attract more young Christians to priesthood
From ChristianToday.com

The Bishop of Lichfield is encouraging young Christians mulling their future course in life to consider becoming a priest in the Church of England.

The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill today launched a recruitment drive across the Diocese of Lichfield to increase the number of 18 to 35-year-olds offering themselves for full-time service in the Church.

His message to young Christians is: “Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best.”

“One of the most satisfying careers of all is to spend one’s creative energies in building Christian community: in preaching and teaching the Christian faith, leading worship, making new disciples, transforming communities,” the bishop told reporters.

“It is a way to become rich beyond one’s wildest dreams; not financially but in every other way, as all the surveys show.”

Comments (2)

I hope "Don't settle for anything less than God's best" is a bad paraphrase or is simply quoted out of context. Mr. Gledhill seems to ignore a more liberating view of the church as all the people of God, especially the poor--not just clergy representing an established sect.

A more active laity is more necessary than replacing or boosting the numbers of clergy. The laity have the advantage that they are in the world and not confined to roles in an institution.

He ought to consider the statistics in England of priests who have been abused by their congregations, while their diocesan bishops look on telling them they don't need to unionize, that the job is a holy vocation.

Gary Paul Gilbert

Here is a link to the reassuring letter Mr. Gledhill wrote on bullying of clergy in the Church of England. Not to worry because bullying is supposed to be rare, says he.




Gary Paul Gilbert

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