A New Lease of Life?: Anglican Clergy Reflect on Retirement

by Tony Neal and Leslie J. Francis (editors)

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Rating: ★★★★

Format: Paperback (194 pages)

Publisher: Sacristy Press

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ISBN: 978-1-78959-085-2

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The number of retired clergy in the Church of England now exceeds that of those in active stipendiary ministry. While some clergy spend much of their life in retirement involved in the life and ministry of the Church, others feel that their gifts and experience are no longer regarded as relevant in the contemporary Church, which can lead to feelings of rejection.

In this unique book, fourteen Church of England priests from across the whole spectrum of traditions reflect on their experiences as retired clergy, offering a unique insight into the ministry of the Church of England and those engaged in it. The contributors discuss what they believe about the Church and about God, how they feel about the Church of today, and how much they engage in its life.

A stimulating (and at times disturbing) book for all who care about the Church of England and its clergy.

A New Lease of Life? offers a descriptive series of lively accounts of their experience by 14 retired Church of England clergy, in the process raising sharp questions besides providing much wisdom and encouragement. … [It] is warmly recommended to retired clergy, those looking towards retirement, and those with oversight of the clergy at a time when there are more clergy living on pensions than stipends.

Philip Welsh, Church Times

This book opens a splendid window into the rich spiritual and priestly culture which Church of England clergy have developed through the centuries and which sustains them today. The possible play on words in the title of the book is a reminder that these graciously leased retirement years can be among the richest.

Malcolm Grundy, Rural Theology

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