Shaped for Service
Ministerial Formation and Virtue Ethics
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"In this important new book on formation for ministry, Paul Goodliff gets it exactly right in taking a whole-of-life approach. . . . All the knowledge and skill in the world is not much use if the pastor is not a good or virtuous person. Goodliff has that rare ability to connect with profound theological and philosophical thinking in a way that is both accessible and engaging. . . ."
--Neil Pembroke, University of Queensland
"Paul Goodliff writes with the authority and wisdom of one who has served as a pastor, as a pastor of pastors, and as a denominational leader with responsibility for succeeding generations of ministers, their selection, training, deployment, and support. Add to this the aptitude for constant theological reflection on practice and you end up with someone worth listening to. . . ."
--Nigel G. Wright, Spurgeon's College, London
"Marrying huge experience in managing ministers with a deeply incisive and well-informed mind, Goodliff offers us an essential reader for ministerial formation and continuing development. He rightly perceives the Achilles heel of ministerial living: the formation and implementation of a robust ethic that is true to our Lord. This is treasured reading for those who care for the instruction, supervision, and practice of Christian ministry."
--Jim Purves, The Baptist Union of Scotland