Many Friends found Brian Drayton’s 2005 edition of On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry a valuable resource and source of encouragement. In this revised and expanded edition, Brian adds a decade and a half of new research and insights to his original work. The book draws on Brian’s experience, as well as, Quaker history, to delve into the multiple facets of public ministry. An essential guide for Friends and others with a primary calling of vocal ministry, this book also speaks to those engaged in long-term service under concern. His accumulated wisdom, thoughtful analysis and personal experience of giving and receiving ministry make him an ideal person to share information and encouragement with contemporary Friends, most especially those with a call to vocal ministry and those supporting them.
Praise for On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry:
“A must-read for all Quakers. Not since Samuel Bownas has a Quaker author written as helpfully and as feelingly about the inward and outward life of one who feels a ‘chronic’ call to the service of the Gospel.” — Lloyd Lee Wilson, member of North Carolina Yearly Meeting (Conservative) and author of Essays on the Quaker Vision of Gospel Order and Radical Hospitality
“Brian Drayton weaves his personal experience as a committed minister together with scripture passages and well-chosen excerpts from the writings of earlier Friends. The result is a clear, sweet nurturing of that Light within us. The book also offers useful suggestions for addressing specific challenges encountered in ministry. Drayton speaks in particular to committed, present-day Quaker ministers and the Friends meetings that support them. However, his insights and encouragement are relevant to everyone” – Susan Smith, member of Ohio Yearly Meeting and author of Unity in Business
“Friends will welcome this second edition of Brian Drayton’s important book, On Living with a Concern for Gospel Ministry. Our contemporary Society of Friends is in great need for some among us to answer the call to this work; this book points the way.” — Tom Gates, member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and author of Opening the Scriptures and Members One of Another: The Dynamics of Membership in Quaker Meeting
Author: Brian Drayton
Publisher: Quaker Press of FGC, May 2019
digital (also available in paperback)