Bob Webber has fallen asleep in the Lord and John Stott has retired.
What does "retired" mean? Does it mean that Stott will no longer speak or preach in public?
I have wondered the same myself, since Rev. Stott was said to have been retired 3 years ago when I visited All Souls Langham.
Rev. Stott has long been retired from All Souls, the Anglican church where he served as Rector. But for many years after this "retirement" he continued an active speaking and teaching and writing schedule around the world.
This "new" retirement is more conventional. Here is the announcement from his web site:
"John Stott would like his many friends around the world to know that, having reached the age of 86 in April, he has taken the decision finally to retire from public ministry after fulfilling one last speaking engagement at the upcoming Keswick Convention in July.
"He will also be moving from his flat in Bridford Mews, London, where he has lived for more than 30 years, to a retirement community for Anglican clergy in the south of England which will be able to provide more fully for his present and future needs. John has made this decision with the strong belief that it is God’s provision for him at this stage.
"Dr. John Stott’s retirement means that he no longer intends to engage in public speaking ministry. He continues to hold the titles that express his honored role in several contexts, including: Founder and Honorary President of the Langham Partnership International; Rector Emeritus at All Souls Church, Langham Place; and Extra Chaplain to the Queen. Dr. Stott intends to continue to correspond and receive visitors, but for some time he has declined to accept public or recorded interviews."
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