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Pastor : The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry

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ISBN13:

9780687045327

ISBN10:
0687045320
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Abingdon Pr

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Summary

Ordained ministry, says 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? In this book, Willimon explores these and other central questions about the vocation of ordained ministry.He 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11(16)
Ordination: Why Pastors?
27(28)
Ministry for the Twenty-first Century: Images of the Pastor
55(20)
The Pastor as Priest: The Leadership of Worship
75(16)
The Priest as Pastor: Worship as the Content and Context of Pastoral Care
91(20)
The Pastor as Interpreter of Scripture: A People Created by the Word
111(30)
Interlude: The Wonderful Thickness of the Text
133(8)
The Pastor as Preacher: Servant of the Word
141(30)
Interlude: Preaching in Acts
161(10)
The Pastor as Counselor: Care That Is Christian
171(32)
Interlude: Augustine's Confessions as a Word-made World
186(17)
The Pastor as Teacher: Christian Formation
203(22)
The Pastor as Evangelist: Christ Means Change
225(24)
Interlude: Evangelism and the Irresistibility of Jesus
237(12)
The Pastor as Prophet: Truth Telling in the Name of Jesus
249(26)
Interlude: Sin in Christian Ministry
265(10)
The Pastor as Leader: The Peculiarity of Christian Leadership
275(24)
Interlude: Failure in Ministry
288(11)
The Pastor as Character: Clergy Ethics
299(16)
The Pastor as Disciplined Christian: Constancy in Ministry
315(22)
Notes 337(40)
Index of Names 377(4)
Scripture Index 381(4)
Subject Index 385


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