Practical Theology : An Introduction

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-02
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard Osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders - including, but not limited to, clergy - the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity.

Author Biography

Richard R. Osmer is Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. His other books include A Teachable Spirit and The Teaching Ministry of Congregations

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Introduction: Four Tasks of Practical Theologyp. 1
The Descriptive-Empirical Task: Priestly Listeningp. 31
The Interpretive Task: Sagely Wisdomp. 79
The Normative Task: Prophetic Discernmentp. 129
The Pragmatic Task: Servant Leadershipp. 175
Epilogue: Teaching Practical Theology in Schools of Theologyp. 219
Name Indexp. 242
Subject Indexp. 244
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