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By Paul Beasley-Murray.

Welcome to the first edition of Ministry Today! Published by the Richard Baxter Institute for Ministry, it aims 'to promote excellence in the practice of ministry, enabling ministers and other pastoral leaders to become increasingly effective in the mission to which Christ has called them' (for further details, see the statement of intent on page 18). Since the local church is at the cutting edge of the kingdom, the health and vitality of ministers and other pastoral leaders is crucial. The RBIM (as its name indicates) is committed to local church ministry. In the words of Baxter himself: 'All Churches either rise or fall as the ministry doth rise or fall - not in riches or worldly grandeur, but in knowledge, zeal and ability for their work'.

This commitment to local church ministry is reflected in our journal. Published firstly for pastoral leaders, Ministry Today is concerned above all for the practice of ministry. It is primarily a professional, not a theological, journal, focusing on the challenges facing pastoral leaders. Articles will be designed to enhance ministerial skills, and to encourage theological reflection on the practice of ministry. Some will be written by distinguished Christian leaders; many, however, will be written by working pastoral leaders - people like you. We particularly want to publish articles reflecting grass-roots experiences - both successes and apparent failures.

We are delighted that the Bible Society wishes to be associated with this new journal - a link which should signal clearly that Ministry Today is not targeted at any particular denominational group, seeking rather to be relevant within all denominations, enabling valuable cross-fertilisation. We also hope that Ministry Today will be read beyond as well as within the UK.

How can you help? Not only in making known Ministry Today and the work of RBIM, but also in encouraging new members (using the enclosed form). We believe that an annual membership fee of £15, including as it does three issues of Ministry Today and discounts to RBIM events, is good value and it will help us to develop the work of the Institute. And please send in articles (between 500 and 3000 words) relating to the practice of ministry. You might feel able to summarise the fruits of your sabbatical studies, or to write about an issue recently faced in your church. The issue most likely to stimulate readers is the issue about which you feel most passionately at the moment.

Paul Beasley-Murray

Paul Beasley-Murray

Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford<br>and Chair of Ministry Today

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You are reading Editorial by Paul Beasley-Murray, part of Issue 1 of Ministry Today, published in January 1994.

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