Tall poppies : supporting gifts of ministry and eldering in the Monthly Meeting / Martha Paxson Grundy

by Martha Paxson Grundy

Other authorsAnne E. G. Nydam (Illustrator)
Pamphlet, 1999



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CP 347


Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 1999.

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LibraryThing member kaulsu
Contemporary Quakers are guilty of being so enamored of equality that we fail to recognize each other's gifts. Grundy reminds us that although the Lord loves each of us equally, we have not been gifted equally. We proclaim that to those who live up to their Light, more will be given, but in reality, we seem to want to lop the heads off the tall poppies; to the leaders who stand tall we give the message, "Down in front!"

Grundy reminds us of our history. She recounts what various Yearly Meetings did in the past and what they are doing today to recognize our gifts. She questions our reluctance to support modern Friends because we [erroneously] think recompense equals a hireling ministry.

A small pamphlet with much for us to consider today.
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LibraryThing member QuakerReviews
In this extremely important pamphlet, Grundy addresses how meetings need to and can support ministry and eldering. She clearly describes the traditional Quaker understanding of God's gifts of spiritual power and authority in teaching, prophesying, speaking to the spiritual condition of others, and encouraging, nurturing, and discerning gifts of ministry. These and other gifts being for the service of the spiritual community, right order in a meting includes ways to provide support and accountability for these gifts. Since the gifts of ministry and eldering work together, as elders encourage, support, and hold accountable the ministers, wise eldering is part of right ordering of a meeting. Thus recognizing and developing gifts of ministry and eldering can be important to breaking through the spiritual sleepiness of a comfortable ungathered meeting.… (more)


0875743471 / 9780875743479

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Pendle Hill Pamphlet 347

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