That lay women and men increasingly serve as leaders of institutional ministries in the Church is nothing new. Yet, until now, these lay leaders have longed for theological resources and formational training to help them in their vocation and ministry. Called and Chosen: Toward a Spirituality for Lay Leaders is designed especially for women and men who, in collaboration with vowed religious and the ordained, shepherd Church ministries and touch the lives of countless people. Written by leading authorities in biblical studies, theology, spirituality, church history, and ecclesial leadership, the book is broken into four parts: Part one invites lay leaders to claim their own call and commitment by reflecting on the Catholic vision of spirituality, vocation, mission and ministry, and the experiences of other leaders. Part two grounds their work in the larger story of our institutional ministries by examining their biblical, theological, and historical roots. Part three probes the work of the Spirit in communities and institutions, against the backdrop of contemporary cultural realities, to help leaders develop the capacity to discern the Spirit's workings. Part four focuses on issues central to the role of a spiritual leader: the spirituality of administration, the task of building community, the use of power and authority and work of forming and mentoring others. Questions at the end of each chapter invite further reflection on the themes explored.
Zeni Fox is Professor of Pastoral Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. She is the author of New Ecclesial Ministry: Lay Professionals Serving the Church (Sheed & Ward, 2002) and serves as an advisor to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Subcommittee on Lay Ministry. Regina Bechtle, S.C. is Director of Charism Resources for the Sisters of Charity of New York. She researches, writes about and offers retreats and programs on Vincentian spirituality, religious life, and leadership.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 The Person of the Leader Chapter 4 Why Did You Choose Your Work? Reflections on Vocation Chapter 5 "Without a Vision the People Perish": Foundations for a Spirituality of Lay Leadership Chapter 6 "Hints and Guesses": Discerning Values Part 7 The Mission of the Church and Institutional Ministries Chapter 8 "The Reign of God Is Among You": Biblical and Theological Themes For Lay Leadership Chapter 9 Catholic Institutional Ministries, Their History and Legacy Chapter 10 Catholic Education as Part of an Ecclesial System: Structures, Mission, Vision Chapter 11 The Spiritual Life of Institutions Chapter 12 Reading the Signs of the Times: Some Present Cultural Realities Chapter 13 Giving the Spirit a Home: A Spirituality of Institutions Chapter 14 Embodying the Spirit of Those Who Came Before Part 15 The Role of the Spiritual Leader Chapter 16 "Grace Given to Each": Spirituality and Administration Chapter 17 In the Between: Reflections on Educational Institutions and Communities of Faith Chapter 18 Power and Authority: Rooted in and Fashioned by the Spirit Chapter 19 Spiritual Leadership: The Leader as Formator and Mentor