It is friendship, but it's more than that!
It is mentoring, with a crucial aim.
In this unique book on the subject, Kerry Thorpe argues that Christian accompaniment is a continuing relationship that helps those involved to function better in the things they do. He encourages church leaders and others engaged in mission to develop relationships that inspire, motivate and focus on the church's task of mission. Here is a book that will transform the life of the church.
`This book doesn't just contain a whole lot of words; it is full of heart, mind, breath, eyes, ears and hands. And not just of the wonderful Kerry Thorpe, but the heart, mind, ears, ears and hands of Christ at work within and through his church, turning us inside out for the sake of the world he loves. Enjoyably engaging, deeply practical and personally challenging.'
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
`This is a superb guide - easy to read, vivid, biblically well-grounded, widely informed and immensely practical.'
Revd Dr Michael Moynagh, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
`Cracking stuff - grounded, practical, inspirational and passionate. It's made me want to go and find an accompanier for myself!'
Canon Lucy Moore, Messy Church Team Leader BRF
`Kerry Thorpe, as the leading person in this area, has something vital to share with the church about mission accompaniment. His experience personally and as a church and diocesan leader means he has lived this book for the last 40 years.'
Revd Canon Dave Male, National Advisor for Pioneer Development
`Kerry Thorpe writes about what he has spent a lifetime doing. He has read widely and reflects honestly on success and failure. In an over-optimistic, self-promoting, goal-driven managerial culture that has entered parts of the church, I'm delighted Kerry writes out of seeing life and coaching in relational terms. So, he knows and describes coaching techniques, but holds them lightly. The book combines an easy style and deep insights.'
Canon Dr George Lings, formerly Director of the Church Army's Research Unit, Sheffield