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Today I woke up with the clocks going back gaining an extra hour of sleep and feeling good. Unfortunately I came to earth with a thud my husband was reading the news and decided to share something that bought me right back down to earth. Apparently the Pope has extended an invitation to CoE clergy to join the Roman Catholic church but keep some of their CoE traditions. Not such a big deal you think but when you are faced with approximately 600 clergy considering taking up the offer it does make you wonder.

So why you may ask is this being considered? Well according to reports it is because of the ordination of women bishops and this is why my heart breaks. I couldn’t believe that male clergy are so opposed to a concept of equality in their faith that they would turn their back on the religion they represent rather than seek reconciliation.

I am still processing how sad I am finding it and therefore will need probably another day to consider this sad news. The links for reading are below if your interested in checking the story out for yourself.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8324124.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8316120.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8323607.stm

Devotion time is really important in the life of the Christian it gives us the opportunity to hear from God. This morning my devotional time lead me to a serious of questions. I am currently studying the book of Acts for devotion and am enjoying all the challenges that it places on my thinking and the way it stretches my mind.

This mornings passage was Acts 11 and the verses that struck me are 25 and 26.

25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers[g] were first called Christians.)

New Living Translation

When I read this it felt like God was confirming the work that we are doing with this blog and book it felt as if God said there needs to be more. Seek out the women coming into ministry who need to hear a word of encouragement and bring them with us. Allow them to benefit from our experience and work. Barnabas looked for Saul at a time just after Saul’s calling while he was probably wondering what next and he helped him in finding his feet teaching. What more can we do for other women who are entering ministry and need that encouragement.

Take the opportunity to seek someone out who needs that support, the friendly ear, the coaching and see what the Holy Spirit can do today. I know for me this will be the text that I now hold dear as I continue this work of encouraging other women in ministry.

I had the great privilege of a sister in ministry giving me a copy of The Shack. This book felt not like a revelation but rather a confirmation of what I instinctively felt about God. However it still challenged the thinking in terms of reconciling texts and stories in the bible with the authors view of God. How do you reconcile the incidents outlined in Job were God directly allowed the devil to create misery and pain in Job’s life where in the book the author places God in a different position one of being the loving God who chooses not to interfere in human life because of his love/respect for the free will of humanity. The questions beg further investigation the only conclusion I can come to in my hour of need is that God is good and nothing we can do will change that God is loving it is our human interpretation of that love that is challenged constantly.

So what is my point? Reading is a good thing it stretches the mind, challenges our thinking and allows us an insight into the way that others think. Whether you are reading something like the shack or a theological book or a work of fiction or what my friend terms “a trashy novel” it is worth taking a break from the heady work of ministry to take time to replenish your own resources and reading can be the perfect way of achieving this.

For some shopping is merely a necessary evil but for others it is a great day out. For me it happens to be a great way to spend time. Shopping helps me to remember that I am normal and however mad life is going to the shops keeps my feet firmly on the ground and gives me the space to be me. Every minister should have something that allows them to step away from their role for the day and reconnect with themselves. Something that allows them to be their whole self not just the little bits that are necessary for ministry. While ministry may be a life calling it doesn’t mean that you have to suspend everything about your life to be only a minister. You may enjoy sports or shopping (some say its a sport) or reading or nature whatever those passions are ensure that you don’t lose them to your life’s work.

I am looking forward to receiving your entry this is just my thought for the day. Have a great day, shopping I hope 🙂

Girlfriends. I have found one of the things I have really appreciate while in ministry is having girlfriends not involved in ministry. It’s nice to have a conversation that doesn’t revolve around work! Also if there are issues that you would like to seek advice on a fresh pair of eyes with no bias is absolutely amazing. If that friend really knows you they will also be able to spot your overworked overtired and overstressed signs and take you to do something completely out of the ordinary that relaxes you. Embrace those people you can be your whole self with and no just their minister they are few and far between and should be cherished.

Have a great day!

This is a book for women entering ministry whether its pastoral or voluntry ministry. It is there to encourage and uplift women everywhere as they begin their training for this most precious of tasks. It is meant to encourage you, make you laugh and share the wisdom of others as you journey on this path.

The Sturcture

Each woman has been asked to write a letter to a woman in minstry and what you will see in this blog are excertps from letters and also other relevant information and reviews of websites that might help. The book is the full collection of letters.

The Aim

The aim is to get the book to every seminary in the world and to every woman beginning her training to be a minister of the Lord. The aim is to create a book of encouragement and wisdom that women can use as they journey through their studies to ministry positions all over the world.

Letters to a Woman Entering Ministry:

From Women to Women

Thank you for considering contributing to this project to encourage women entering ministry. Writing letters to these women as they enter this most rewarding work is there for encouragement and laughter, tips and wisdom. There are many different needs of women in ministry and it is thought that sharing these letters will give them a source of encouragement.

Submission Guidelines

  • Letters must be from women currently or retired from ministry to a woman entering ministry.
  • Themes will be gathered from the letters received therefore feel free to write on any subject whether biblical, funny, serious, fashion etc.
  • Submissions should be between 500 – 5000 words.
  • Submissions should be double-spaced, in 12-point font, and pages numbered.
  • Submissions should also include a cover letter with contact information (name, position, religious affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)
  • Submission Deadline is 30 June, 2009 at 12:00pm GMT. Email tabitha.cedenio@gmail.com with your letter as an attachment, and type “Letters to a Woman” in the subject line. Everyone will be contacted by 28th July 2009. We appreciate every submission.

Need topic ideas?

  • The letters can be on any topic as it relates to Scripture, church, society, and work.
  • The letters purpose can be encouragement, wisdom, practice or general. You may consider one of these four categories to focus on.

Submission Deadline • 30 June, 2009 • 12:00pm GMT

Questions? Contact Tabitha at tabitha.cedenio@gmail.com Thanks!

Dear Woman in Ministry,


I pray that God is continuing to uplift and keep you as you do His important work.


My name is Tabitha Cedenio and I am just finishing my ministerial training at Newbold College, England. While doing this course I have become more and more aware of how important it is to have role models and support in this journey of ministry. I have the privilege of knowing many women who are pioneering and are able to share their experience, wisdom, encouragement and support on this journey.

However I am painfully aware that not everyone has this available to them.


The journey for each woman in ministry is different however the support that we can give to each other as we walk this journey is invaluable. For a woman coming into ministry the words of wisdom, the encouragement, the support and the prayers of women who have already taken the journey can make all the difference.


This book is the beginning of sharing the experience of women in ministry across denominations, countries and cultures. The book will contain letters written to women beginning their journey in ministry from women in ministry currently or having been in ministry before. The book will contain letters of encouragement, tips, joy and many others.


We would like to invite you to join in this special ministry of sharing and uplifting others in their walk in ministry. The hope is that this will be given to women in seminaries everywhere to lift them up as they journey on.


If you are interested in contributing to this project I have attached the submission guidelines (you will be surprised how easy it is). More details are on https://letters4ministry.wordpress.com or email tabitha.cedenio@gmail.com


Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I pray we will work together on this project.

God bless

Tabitha Cedenio