Pastor : the theology and practice of ordained ministry / William H. Willimon.Material type: TextPublisher: Nashville : Abingdon Press, Edition: Revised editionDescription: 1 online resourceContent type:
- online resource
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- BV4011.3 .W55 2016
|Hewitson Library, Presbyterian Research Centre
Includes bibliographical references.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ordination : why pastors? -- Ministry for the twenty-first century : images of the pastor -- The pastor as priest : the leadership of worship -- The priest as pastor : worship as the content and context of pastoral care -- The pastor as interpreter of scripture : a people created by the Word -- Interlude: The wonderful thickness of the text -- The pastor as preacher : servant of the Word -- Interlude: Preaching in Acts -- The pastor as counselor : care that is Christian -- Interlude: Augustine's Confessions as a word-made world -- The pastor as teacher : Christian formation -- The pastor as evangelist : Christ means change -- Interlude: Evangelism and the irresistibility of Jesus -- The pastor as prophet : truth telling in the name of Jesus -- Interlude: Sin in Christian ministry -- The pastor as lead missionary : sent -- The pastor as leader : the peculiarity of Christian leadership -- Interlude: Failure in ministry -- The pastor as character : clergy ethics -- The pastor as disciplined Christian : constancy in ministry.
Ordained ministry, says Will Willimon, is a gift of God to the church - but that doesn't mean that it is easy. Always a difficult vocation, changes in society and the church in recent years have made the ordained life all the more complex and challenging. Is the pastor primarily a preacher, a professional caregiver, an administrator? Given the call of all Christians to be ministers to the world, what is the distinctive ministry of the ordained? When does one's ministry take on the character of prophet, and when does it become that of priest? What are the special ethical obligations and disciplines of the ordained? Pastor: Revised Edition explores these and other central questions about the vocation of ordained ministry. It begins with a discussion of who pastors are, asking about the theological underpinnings of ordained ministry, and then moves on to what pastors do, looking at the distinctive roles the pastor must fulfill. The book also draws on great teachers of the Christian tradition to demonstrate that, while much about Christian ministry has changed, its core concerns - preaching the word, the care of souls, the sacramental life of congregations - remains the same. Ordained ministry is a vocation to which we are called, not a profession that we choose. To answer that call is to open oneself to heartache and sometimes hardship; yet, given the one who calls, it is to make oneself available to deep and profound joy as well.
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