Within the last 15 years, a new form of ministry in the Church of England has established itself - locally trained priests ministering in their own parishes. From an early experiment in London's East End where working class men were trained to minister in their communities and at their places of work, there are now 18 recognised OLM training schemes in England and as the numbers of stipendiary clergy fall, this order is set to grow.
This was one of the first books to focus exclusively on the origins and nature of ordained local ministry, and the formation and role of OLMs. It will prove invaluable to those in training, those already working in parishes and their colleagues, all who may be considering this calling and all involved in ministry training.
JEFFREY HESKINS and MALCOLM TORRY are parish priests in South London. Malcolm edited The Parish to which Jeffrey was a contributor.