The Pattern of Our Calling: Book Launch with David Hoyle

Join Sarum College Bookshop to hear the Dean of Bristol’s views on ministry, as set out in his new book, The Pattern Of Our Calling.

Friday 12 May 2017 at 7.15pm

Ministry has always changed, but the pace of change has increased. There is a greater emphasis on success and less tolerance of diversity. David Hoyle explores the changing theologies of ministry during the church’s history, with the aim of challenging the lack of theological reflection in some of today’s results-driven understanding of ministry that seems more influenced by the business world than by Christian theology and tradition.

Setting out to explain why theologians said what they said about ministry, why it might matter, and why it might be exciting, David Hoyle covers nearly two thousand years of theological reflection from the Didache to Michael Ramsey and current writers, and provides a synthesis not found anywhere else.

His book offers realistic sustenance to practitioners struggling with the new demands on clergy. Come and hear what he has to say!

David was born in Rossendale, Lancashire and moved to Hertfordshire as a child. He read history and then theology at university and has a PhD on seventeenth century religious history. He has been Dean of a Cambridge College, a Vicar in London, and a Residentiary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. He was installed as Dean of Bristol in May 2010. He is a trustee of a number of Bristol charities, he was for a time Secretary to the Theological Group of the House of Bishops, and currently serves on the Development and Appointments Group, as well as being a BAP Adviser, and a member of the Candidates’ Committee. He is a published theologian and historian.

Copies of David’s book will be on sale on the night at a reduced price.

Free and open to all, refreshments provided
To book telephone 01722 326899 or email

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