The current context of Asia Pacific, viewed in the light of foundational principles for the Church’s mission, requires pastoral workers to develop certain key orientations for effective ministry today. These include spiritual depth and maturity, Christ-centeredness, personal integration, meaningful communion with the ecclesial body, pro-activeness in mission through life-giving dialogue, and pastoral discernment and creativity. In association with this, greater collaboration is needed in the initial and ongoing formation of pastoral workers so that the Church’s mission in Asia Pacific will be more effective in these times. It is hoped that this article will provide food for thought toward the renewalof pastoral formation at the local and regional level.
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