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Extraordinary Ministry in Ordinary Time

An Invitation to Renewal for Pastors

James A. Harnish • February 2020

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What energizes someone in pastoral ministry for the long haul? Holy days like Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost are the exception. Ordinary Time, the longest season of the Christian year, is where pastors spend most of their ministry.

James Harnish invites pastors and other ministers to see Ordinary Time as a metaphor for the ordinary days of ministry. "Whether we thrive or merely survive depends on what we do with the ordinary days," he writes.

Harnish encourages ministers to develop spiritual disciplines and personal relationships to nourish their souls for long-term ministry. He highlights the importance of reflection on scripture, spiritual reading, journaling, prayer, and spiritual conversation with trusted friends.

This 6-week study focuses on themes Harnish found crucial in over four decades of ministry: power, people, places, proclamation, perseverance, and promise. Daily readings help readers develop their own customized practices of spiritual formation to sustain and strengthen their life and ministry


James A. Harnish is a retired United Methodist pastor, writer, and teacher. He served in pastoral ministry in Florida for 43 years, including 22 years as senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He and his wife, Martha Lea, live in Longwood, Florida. They have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1912-1

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1913-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1914-5

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20200201

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

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BISAC2: REL023000

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