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The Same, But Different: Ministry and the Quaker Pastor

By Phil Baisley

Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Friends United Press (January 1, 2019)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces

Price: $19.99

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How does a religious group who originally shunned the “hireling ministry” come to regularly employ pastors and other paid staff? How does the history of this group shape the nature of its pastorate? Phil Baisley, with his history of worship among all branches of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), his many years of service as a Quaker pastor, his academic study of the Quaker pastorate, and his survey of many active and retired Quaker pastors, is the perfect person to answer these questions. Even better, in addition to his personal and academic knowledge on the subject, Baisley is a natural storyteller. With personal anecdotes to explain and explicate, Baisley investigates in which ways Quaker pastors are just like pastors in other denominations, and yet how the distinct, central beliefs of Quakerism have created a pastorate unlike any other, with much to teach both lay members and clergy across the Christian spectrum.