Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry

Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry

by William H. Willimon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0687045320

ISBN-13: 9780687045327

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Abingdon Press

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780687045327
Publisher:
Abingdon Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Vision and Planning Series
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
246,896
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction11
1Ordination: Why Pastors?27
2Ministry for the Twenty-first Century: Images of the Pastor55
3The Pastor as Priest: The Leadership of Worship75
4The Priest as Pastor: Worship as the Content and Context of Pastoral Care91
5The Pastor as Interpreter of Scripture: A People Created by the Word111
Interlude: The Wonderful Thickness of the Text133
6The Pastor as Preacher: Servant of the Word141
Interlude: Preaching in Acts161
7The Pastor as Counselor: Care That Is Christian171
Interlude: Augustine's Confessions as a Word-made World186
8The Pastor as Teacher: Christian Formation203
9The Pastor as Evangelist: Christ Means Change225
Interlude: Evangelism and the Irresistibility of Jesus237
10The Pastor as Prophet: Truth Telling in the Name of Jesus249
Interlude: Sin in Christian Ministry265
11The Pastor as Leader: The Peculiarity of Christian Leadership275
Interlude: Failure in Ministry288
12The Pastor as Character: Clergy Ethics299
13The Pastor as Disciplined Christian: Constancy in Ministry315
Notes337
Index of Names377
Scripture Index381
Subject Index385

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