Practical Theology: An Introduction

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Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard Osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders — including, but not limited to, clergy — the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity.

Osmer develops a framework for practical theological interpretation in congregations by focusing on four key questions: What is going on in a given context? Why is ...

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Overview

Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard Osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders — including, but not limited to, clergy — the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity.

Osmer develops a framework for practical theological interpretation in congregations by focusing on four key questions: What is going on in a given context? Why is this going on? What ought to be going on? and How might the leader shape the context to better embody Christian witness and mission?

The book is unique in its attention to interdisciplinary issues and the ways that theological reflection is grounded in the spirituality of leaders. Useful, accessible, and lively — with lots of specific examples and case studies — Osmer‘s Practical Theology effectively equips congregational leaders to guide their communities with theological integrity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802817655
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 183,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Robert Osmer is the Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. His other books include A Teachable Spirit and The Teaching Ministry of Congregations.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Four Tasks of Practical Theology 1

1 The Descriptive-Empirical Task: Priestly Listening 31

2 The Interpretive Task: Sagely Wisdom 79

3 The Normative Task: Prophetic Discernment 129

4 The Pragmatic Task: Servant Leadership 175

Epilogue: Teaching Practical Theology in Schools of Theology 219

Name Index 242

Subject Index 244

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