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Four Ministries, One Jesus

Four Ministries One Jesus

Four Ministries, One Jesus: Exploring Your Vocation With The Four Gospels was released by SPCK in November 2017. The international edition was published by Eerdmans in 2018.

Combining the skills of a leading biblical scholar with the wisdom derived from years of pastoral experience in guiding vocation and ordination training, Richard Burridge invites the reader to consider four key aspects of Christian ministry, as depicted in the Gospels’ portraits of Jesus.

Based on the latest selection criteria and ordination liturgies, this is essential reading for anyone exploring their own vocation or discerning other peoples’ callings to all forms of ministry.

This is Richard Burridge at his best: combining practical wisdom, deep spirituality and inspiring scholarship. The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

A wise and rich resource for those exploring vocation, deeply rooted in the realities of ministry and in the depths of the biblical tradition.  Ian McIntosh, Ministry Division, The Archbishops’ Council

One of the very best books on Jesus, the gospels and ministry today . . . packed with treasure and wisdom.  Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford

Presenting Jesus as the exemplar for ministry, this welcome book blends a scholar’s attention to gospel texts with a priest’s insight into ordained life. Rosalind Brown, Canon Librarian, Durham Cathedral

What makes the book special is that it is grounded in four different “sources”…. It is the integration of all these factors which makes the book so good . . . The key question on my mind while reading the book to review it was this: “Do I wish that I had read this before?” The answer was a definite “Yes.”  The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry, Church Times

This book looks at the curious, wonderful vocational work of God through the lenses of the four gospels. Pastors will surely find new meaning in their vocations and new enthusiasm for their work by reading Richard Burridge’s wise, encouraging book. Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School

“Provides welcome and fresh insights into what it means to be a pastor.” – The Living Church

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“I will be encouraging candidates for ordained ministry to read this book and will also return regularly to it myself.” The Ven. Amanda Bloor, Archdeacon of Cleveland, and former Director of Ordinands. For the full review, see Theology, 2018.

Media coverage

For an interview with Richard about Four Ministries, One Jesus, listen below.

Four Ministries One Jesus