Pastor: A Reader for Ordained Ministry

Overview

One of the great sources of discouragement for those in ordained ministry is the perception that they are alone. The challenges and difficulties they face seem all the larger for their frequent lack of mentors and friends with whom to discuss these issues.

Yet, according to Willimon, a "cloud of witnesses" surrounds those in ordained ministry, forebears from whom they could learn if they had the opportunity to listen. The challenges and joys of ministry are not new; they have ...

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Overview

One of the great sources of discouragement for those in ordained ministry is the perception that they are alone. The challenges and difficulties they face seem all the larger for their frequent lack of mentors and friends with whom to discuss these issues.

Yet, according to Willimon, a "cloud of witnesses" surrounds those in ordained ministry, forebears from whom they could learn if they had the opportunity to listen. The challenges and joys of ministry are not new; they have been present since the first Christian congregations began. From the age of the church fathers and mothers, into the Middle Ages, through the Reformation, and down to the present, faithful leaders of the Christian Church have contemplated, debated, laughed, and prayed about the life of ordained leadership.

In this new volume Willimon brings together the best voices from 20 centuries of Christian pastors and leaders, introducing what they have to say on the tasks and roles of ministry. Brief, accessible excerpts from the most important writings on ordained ministry encourage today's pastors. Each introduction places the excerpt in the context of its own time and place, then discusses its particular relevance for the practice of ministry today. This volume will serve as a guide to all who seek the wisdom of those who have followed the call to ordained ministry before them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687097883
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.78 (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
1 Ordination 11
The Nobility of the Ministry 11
Vocation 22
Faith and Order Paper No. 111, Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry 31
2 Ministry for the Twenty-first Century 46
The Ebenezer Gospel 46
3 The Pastor as Priest 70
Liturgy and Leadership: Priest and Pastor 70
Liturgical Celebration 84
4 The Priest as Pastor 90
On Being Unnecessary 90
The Real Presence 96
5 The Pastor as Interpreter of Scripture 103
Preaching as Bearing Witness 103
Back to Square One: God Said 111
6 The Pastor as Preacher 124
Temptations of the Teacher 124
The Preacher and His Church 132
Learning to Preach 141
Help Me, Jesus 151
7 The Pastor as Counselor 157
The Wounded Healer 158
(On) Facing Martyrdom 169
The Pastor as Intercessor 177
8 The Pastor as Teacher 188
Brother to a Dragonfly 189
Leaves From the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic 203
The Country Parson 210
9 The Pastor as Evangelist 213
The Pastor as Evangelist 213
Confessions 223
10 The Pastor as Prophet 237
Empowerment for Ministry 237
11 The Pastor as Leader 247
Letter from Birmingham Jail 247
Sister Aimee 264
12 The Pastor as Character 279
The Glory of the Priesthood 280
13 The Pastor as Disciplined Christian 288
The Pursuit of Holiness 289
The Preacher's Private Prayer 313
Index of Names 322
Subject Index 324
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