Equipped to Serve

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Equipped to Serve

Richard Bewes

Pages: 224
Trim: Trade paperback (198 x 130mm)
Isbn 13: 9781781912867
List Price: £8.99
Imprint: Christian Focus Adult Catalogue
Category: Ministry Resources > General

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Featured Reviews

Through it all, the heart of a shepherd is modelled, explained and gently pressed upon us.

Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, Oxford, England

Richard Bewes is a long-distance runner and a true soldier of the Lord... I would urge all to read it and obtain extra copies for others.

George Verwer, Founder and Former International Director, Operation Mobilisation, Kent, England

This book is a great resource for the church, full of biblical insight and practical wisdom.

Richard Trist, Dean of the Anglican Institute, Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College, Melbourne, Australia

Richard Bewes' passion to help equip us for effective service, leadership and teamwork is highly infectious.

John Perry, Former Bishop of Chelmsford and Southampton, England

Written with Richard's typical wit and clarity, this book is very enjoyable, edifying and personally challenging.

Fiona Ashton, Widow of Mark Ashton, Vicar of St Andrew the Great, Cambridge, England

Richard Bewes has produced another treasure-a masterpiece of practical Christianity... A special gift.

Timothy George, Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama


Richard Bewes was born in a missionary family on the slope of Mount Kenya, attained a degree from Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, and worked in Christian ministry until his retirement in 2004. His ministry in south-east England led to his post as the rector of All Souls Church in London for 21 years. What makes a Christian worker? What does it mean to give your life to Christian work? Richard Bewes' latest book, Equipped to Serve, is an answer that was built from a lifetime of ministry.

About Richard Bewes

Richard Bewes is the author of several beloved books of faith including Talking About Prayer, 150 Pocket Thoughts, and The Goodnight Book. Bewes was the rector of All Souls Church in the centre of London from 1983 until his retirement in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his services to the Church of England.

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I can't think of anyone who has Richard Bewes' capacity for the telling detail; who is his equal in the helpful development of an idea and in the apt illustration drawn both from wide reading and a wide experience of life and Christian ministry. Many a time I was not only moved, but moved to tears. as Richard brought me to the feet of Jesus, wrote of His centrality, all-sufficiency, supremacy, glory and coming again. I find myself renewed in appreciation and understanding of the Cross, more deeply convinced and in love with the Bible, more penitent and regretful of my past and present, more determined about prayer, more knowledgeable, more equipped - and more aware of Jesus. A truly great and effective piece of writing!

Alec Motyer, (1924-2016) Well known Bible expositor and commentary writer

This book is a pleasure to read from start to finish...strong meat given in easily digestible portions.

Evangelical Times

Equipped to Serve is a gift to the church. It is a very readable, practical and deeply Christ-centred book, the fruit of a lifetime of serving our Saviour. It is the sort of book that can be read in just a few sittings, but has a message that will take a lifetime to exhaust.

Evangelicals Now

Customer Reviews

This is a superb book, that does exactly what the title promises! It equips you to serve. I have read this over the past few weeks, one short chapter at a time, as part of my devotional reading. Every chapter has managed to be stimulating, edifying, practical and Christ-centred. Some may think it is a bit 'bitty' but I have enjoyed every page. Richard covers a wide range of subjects, from reading the Bible in public to 'Standing in the Gap'. I hope that everyone in my church gets this book - it would make an ideal training book for small groups. I leave you with one quote "John Chrysostom, of Constantinople, said that just as a beautiful coat only look its best when worn on a body, so the Scriptures - even though wonderful when proclaimed in public - are far more stupendous when they are being lived out by the people who hear them!" (p.213). Tolle, Lege...Buy it. Read it..this book will refresh your soul.

David Robertson, Pastor, St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee & Associate Director of SOLAS, Centre for Public Christianity