An old paradigm for a new day: reinstituting the parish system

This article is part 1 of 2 in the series Parish Ministry.

In my ministry as a military chaplain, I find myself with a few hundred souls who are my parishioners whether they want to be or not. I minister to them all. With some, I celebrate the sacraments; with others, I listen to their struggles. To all, I share friendship, concern, and compassion. I’m not perfect, of course, but I try to minister to all of …

What is a parish?

This article is part 2 of 2 in the series Parish Ministry.

In reflecting on Anglican congregations and their connections with their respective geographical communities, we must look at the meaning of the term “parish”. The American Heritage Dictionary offers this definition, which I have abbreviated to the relevant portions. a. An administrative part of a diocese that has its own church in the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and some other churches. b.The members of such a parish; …