Revised Book Incorporates Feedback Received Since 2007

July 08, 2010

A revised edition of Watching Over One Another In Love: A Wesleyan Model for Ministry Assessment incorporates additional material based on feedback the author received since the book was first released in 2007.

The book, published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, was written and revised by the Rev. Gwendolynn Purushotham, senior pastor at Main Street United Methodist Church in Nashua, New Hampshire. Formerly director of clergy supervision and accountability with GBHEM, Purushotham has extensive experience in issues related to ministerial supervision and oversight, assessing clergy effectiveness, and congregational leadership.
"This book offers United Methodist congregations a model for assessing the ministry of their clergy and lay leadership that is grounded in a covenant of mutual support and accountability," said Hendrik Pieterse, GBHEM's director of Scholarly Research and Book Editor.
Drawing on Wesleyan themes of grace and responsibility, Purushotham provides step-by-step guidance for creating a covenant-based ministry assessment process that holds persons accountable for fruit-bearing faith, while enabling the experience of ministry assessment to be edifying for both the church and the pastor.
This book will be useful for staff-parish relations committees and clergy and lay leadership teams in United Methodist congregations; bishops, cabinets, and district superintendents; persons pursuing ordained ministry and those mentoring them in the process; and faculty teaching United Methodist polity and pastoral care.
Bishop Marcus Matthews, episcopal leader of the Upper New York Annual Conference and president of GBHEM, said the book is a "must-read" for any bishop, district superintendent, or Board of Ordained Ministry and staff parish relation committee serious about providing a tool to help support and hold clergy accountable in The United Methodist Church.
"The author offers an excellent theological framework for why we watch over one another in love. This book offers practical help that can be used in group discussions. The Rev. Purushotham's treatment of ministry assessment is a fresh approach for any person in a supervisory position," Matthews said.
The revised edition, available in August from GBHEM, can be pre-ordered from Cokesbury at or 1.800.672.1789 for $12.95. The ISBN number is 978-0-938162-72-8.