Ministry at the Margins: The Prophetic Mission of Women, Youth and the Poor

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For centuries women, youth, and the poor have been seen as objects of Christian ministry, but rarely as those who do ministry themselves. This is so much the case that in some quarters today ministry and mission are bad words, reeking of older and paternalistic models of Christian "service."In this challenging book, Cheryl Sanders demonstrates how mission can be updated. Far from being regressive or irrelevant in a multicultural, nonpatriarchal world, Christian mission can come alive when it is not just ministry ...

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Overview

For centuries women, youth, and the poor have been seen as objects of Christian ministry, but rarely as those who do ministry themselves. This is so much the case that in some quarters today ministry and mission are bad words, reeking of older and paternalistic models of Christian "service."In this challenging book, Cheryl Sanders demonstrates how mission can be updated. Far from being regressive or irrelevant in a multicultural, nonpatriarchal world, Christian mission can come alive when it is not just ministry to but ministry by marginalized groups seeking justice.Ministry at the Margins is an important Christian ethicist's rousing call to "find grace to articulate a theology of inclusion and to establish inclusive practices and multicultural perspectives that harmonize with the gospel we preach and honor the Christ we proclaim." Essential reading for pastors, church leaders, students, urban missionaries, and campus ministers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606087602
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl J. Sanders is professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity, and Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. She is also the editor of Living the Intersection(1995), and the author of Empowerment Ethics for a Liberated People (1995) and Saints in Exile (1999).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 11
Pt. I The Ethics of the Gospel: Ministry & Mission 19
1 Accountability: The Fear of the Lord 21
2 Compassion: The Kingdom Mandate 27
3 Empathy: The Golden Rule 35
Pt. II The Prophetic Ministry of Women 41
4 Motherhood & Redemption 43
5 The Prophetic Initiative 52
6 Letting the Spirit Lead: The Prophetic Witness of Women in the Upper Room 57
Pt. III Ministry at the Margins: Children & Youth 63
7 Prophetic Parenting 65
8 Your Sons & Daughters Shall Prophesy 73
9 Empowering the Next Generation 79
Pt. IV Breaking Down Barriers: A Challenge to the Church 85
10 The Children's Bread 87
11 Reconciliation: Jesus at Jericho 92
12 Ministry & Mission in Multicultural Perspective 97
Epilogue: Urban Ministry & Prophetic Mission: The Autobiography of Reverend Hattie Downer 105
Suggestions for Further Reading 143
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