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On Priesthood

Servants, Shepherds, Messengers, Sentinels & Stewards [Hardback]

by Stephen Cottrell

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Tracing the meaning of Priesthood through five different roles, Stephen Cottrell shows the Biblical legacy of leadership in a poignant fashion.

  • An insightful read for anyone in Christian leadership

  • Stephen Cottrell explores priesthood through five aspects of the role

  • You'll discover the many faces that Christian leadership requires, and the blessings of each

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    Stephen Cottrell

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    John Murray Press

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    April 2020

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Messenger, sentinel, steward ... these three words have been used to describe the work of a priest in the Church of England since Cranmer wrote the original ordination rite in 1550. Two more, servant and shepherd, were added in 1980. Taken together, these five metaphors provide a rich and resonant set of ideas through which to explore the nature of Christian ministry.

In this short, lyrical book, Bishop Stephen Cottrell explores each one; based on actual addresses given to ordinands on the night before their ordination, it is refreshing, challenging and accessible.

Anyone considering ordination or already in ministry will want to read this book for the fascinating exploration of the five metaphors he considers.


Part One

Priests for a Priestly People

Part Two






Part Three

Carrying the Cross

Guarding the Heart

Afterword: The Ministry of a Bishop

Stephen Cottrell is the Archbishop of York and was for almost ten years Bishop of Chelmsford; before that he was Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterbury's evangelism team.

He has written widely on evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his most recent books are On Priesthood (2020), a series of Lent and Holy Week meditations, The Things He Carried (2008), a follow up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (2009), The Nail: Being part of the Passion (2011) and Christ in the Wilderness: Reflecting on the paintings of Stanley Spencer (2012). His bestselling I Thirst was the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book for 2004.


  • Author

    Stephen Cottrell

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  • Publisher

    John Murray Press

  • Published

    April 2020

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    130 x 200 x 20 mm

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  • Author/Creator: Stephen Cottrell

  • ISBN: 9781529360981

  • Publisher: John Murray Press

  • Release Date: April 2020

  • Weight: 254g

  • Dimensions: 130 x 200 x 20 mm

  • Eden Code: 5085458


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2 years ago

Excellent book on ordination

Written in a lively and thoughful way by someone woth huge experoence and wisdom

Laura Garnham

Laura Garnham


3 years ago


From the cover of the book 'On Priesthood' to the end it is an engaging well written book. Bp. Stephen Cottrell has compiled a clear understanding of Priesthood. It covers the challenging side of being a Priest in today's world, through to the humility and privilege of being called to this most puzzling and amazing vocation, which as we journey as Priests is always a surprise. This book is MORE than a suitable ordination gift for it is a book for every Priest to read whatever their leaning. It is warm, encouraging , challenging, scriptural and full of common sense. It is written by a priest who has grappled to understand what this calling to Priesthood means. The book is a collection of ordination addresses given to both mail and female candidates on the night before ordination. It is suitable for all priests and interested people as we live during this time of uncertainty and strife. It will help to broaden the understanding of God's call to a wide variety of people and to renew are faith, hope and commitment to our priestly vocation Take this book during this time of refreshment and renewal seek to understand it and be helped by the contents to renew your ministry to God's calling or to be encouraged to explore this gift more deeply .Rev. Jane Bass

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