Malcolm L. Warford
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.
“These stories, revealed honestly and with great integrity, are indispensable for those seeking to understand how ministers are shaped and formed over time.”
—Kathleen Cahalan, Saint John’s University School of Theology Seminary
“Warford insightfully draws out the tensions in which all pastors live and offers hope for faithful vocation, nourished by trust in the God who calls.”
—Mary Baber Reed, Presbyterian Church of Dover
“Insights for revitalizing Christian ministry are rooted in actual lives. An indispensable resource.”
—Tite Tienou, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“Warford gives us marvelous insights that can help guide theological education, the church, and ministerial formation in the years to come.”
—Emilie M. Townes, Yale Divinity School
Alban No. 415
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