Hospitality: An Ecclesiological Practice of Ministry

Hospitality: An Ecclesiological Practice of Ministry

by Freddy James Clark
     
 

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The term hospitality describes a state of generosity, accommodation, and consideration towards others. The Shalom Church, which views hospitality as a gift, seeks not to control the gift, but to share and celebrate it in practice. When the practice is intentional it will become embedded in one's lifestyle. This adherence is reached when one considers hospitality as

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The term hospitality describes a state of generosity, accommodation, and consideration towards others. The Shalom Church, which views hospitality as a gift, seeks not to control the gift, but to share and celebrate it in practice. When the practice is intentional it will become embedded in one's lifestyle. This adherence is reached when one considers hospitality as a biblical and moral obligation, where every encounter with the other will be viewed through the lens of hospitableness. Fortunately, humanity always moves from host/stranger to stranger/host. In Christian theology, the giver and receiver are one of equal regard. Since there are no permanent positions in life, persons are always moving in and out of situations where they sometimes experience being the host, and other times the stranger. Hospitality becomes the means by which equal regard and moral obligation are exercised. Proclamation is the tool that shapes the practice and develops a committed relationship with hospitality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761829829
Publisher:
Hamilton Books
Publication date:
07/18/2007
Pages:
82
Product dimensions:
5.61(w) x 8.55(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author

Rev. Dr. Freddy James Clark, a native of St. Louis, is the Pastor and Founder of the Shalom Church (City of Peace) in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Philosophy from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas in 1981. He received both his Master of Divinity in 1986 and his Doctorate of Ministry in 2001 from Eden Theological Seminary. Dr. Clark is a devoted husband to his wife, the former Cheryl Lee Waller, and a loving father of three, Terrence, Anthony and Michelle.

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