Lay leaders play an essential role in congregational life, but can find themselves spending more of their time at church balancing budgets than deepening their own faith. Written from his years of experience as a priest and now as the bishop of Massachusetts, M. Thomas Shaw's Conversations with Scripture and with Each Other is designed to encourage and strengthen the faith of lay leaders, while also helping them consider how scripture treats various issues in church life, such as stewardship, conflict, and evangelism. Perfect for individual reflection or group discussion, each chapter includes a close examination of biblical passages as well as practical questions for reflection on how the scriptures apply to collective church life and individual spiritual growth.
M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. He has written numerous articles for Episcopal Life and Episcopal Times and is a contributing author to the book How Long O Lord.
1 Conversations about Community 2 Listening to Paul and the Gospel Writers Speak to their Communities 3 The Cross and Suffering of Jesus 4 The Resurrection 5 The Eucharist 6 The Church 7 Stewardship, Budgets, and Capital Campaigns 8 Conflict 9 Time 10 Outreach 11 Evangelism