Calling and Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life / Edition 1

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Overview

In Calling & Character, Willimon lays out a clear and compelling picture of the pastoral life, one that will inform both those embarking on ordained ministry and those who have been in it for many years. He lays out specific habits such as study, collegiality, and humor as the day-by-day means of following the difficult and dangerous, yet deeply rewarding, calling of a pastor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687090334
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 739,268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Feeling most athome behind a pulpit, Bishop William H. Willimon’s deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retiredBishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He continues to give lectures and teach at universities around the world. Willimon earned a doctoral degree from Emory University and has been honored with 13 additional doctorates. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Astudy by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Willimon is one of the most widely read authors among mainline Protestant pastors. An international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the "Twelve Most Effective Preachers" in the English-speaking world. With over a million copies of more than 60 books sold, his popularity is undeniable.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Ch. 1 Vocation 15
Ch. 2 The Character of Clergy 31
Ch. 3 The Pastor in Community 60
Ch. 4 Crossbearing and the Clergy 95
Ch. 5 New Creation 127
App National Capital Presbytery Code of Ethics 151
Notes 165
Subject Index 177
Scripture Index 181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    A 'Must Read' for every serious Pastor

    Willimon's approach to the vocation of the clergy as positive and life-giving, is a refreshing and inspiring examination of the task of faithfully living as a clergy-person. Willimon seeks to develop the virtues of the pastoral life, while underscoring the challenges facing the clergy and those called to leadership in the Church.

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