Practice What You Preach / Edition 1

Practice What You Preach / Edition 1

by S. J. Keenan
     
 

Calling for accountability, Practice What You Preach discusses ethical questions that arise in congregations and pastoral leadership. Formation of pastors, empowering leaders, resolving power struggles between clergy and laity—these and other critical pastoral issues are addressed by an ecumenical group of contributors. Divided into four parts: the way

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Calling for accountability, Practice What You Preach discusses ethical questions that arise in congregations and pastoral leadership. Formation of pastors, empowering leaders, resolving power struggles between clergy and laity—these and other critical pastoral issues are addressed by an ecumenical group of contributors. Divided into four parts: the way the churches train their pastors; the way their pastors live; the way communities worship; and the way communities behave, this collection identifies and offers positive solutions to areas where churches are often slow to change. Each essay begins with a case describing a typical problem—from wages to in-fighting—and then discusses what virtues or character traits might be developed to resolve the problem effectively.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580510646
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why a Course on Virtue Ethics in Church Ministry?1
Introduction13
Admissions and Candidacy Development
Ch. 1Christ and Darwin Go to Church: Ministerial Selection and the Candidacy Process17
Ch. 2Testing Religious Order Candidates for HIV29
Ordination, Marriage, and Pastoral Assignments
Ch. 3Ordination and Immigration43
Ch. 4Married Clergy and the Acceptance of Appointments56
Introduction67
The Pastor and Personal Relationships
Ch. 5Seeking Out Good Friends71
Ch. 6The Wisdom of Boundaries: Power and Vulnerability in Ministry81
Ch. 7Virtue Ethics and the Sexual Formation of Clergy101
Context Affecting Self-Understanding
Ch. 8In the Shadow of the Execution Chamber: Affirming Wholeness in a Broken Place115
Ch. 9Virtue Ethics and the Problem of African American Clergy Ethics in the Culture of Deference128
Introduction143
Truth in Prayer and Preaching
Ch. 10Transformed in Prayer147
Ch. 11The Preacher and the Virtue of Forgiveness157
Inclusive Language and Communion
Ch. 12Imaging and Speaking of God171
Ch. 13No One Goes Away Hungry from the Table of the Lord: Eucharistic Sharing in Ecumenical Contexts186
Introduction203
Empowering Leaders
Ch. 14Leadership in Empowering Others: A Case Study from Rural Congregations/Parishes209
Ch. 15Ministerial Malaise and Disillusionment: Recovering Hope in Ministry225
Arbitrating Conflict
Ch. 16Debating Homosexuality: Disagreements Held in Patence and Hope239
Ch. 17Doctrine and Ecclesiastical Authority: A Contemporary Controversy in the Armenian Church252
Ch. 18Serving the Church and Facing the Law: Virtues for Committee Members Evaluating a Pastor268
The Measure of Justice
Ch. 19Vicious Virtue? Patience, Justice, and Salaries in the Church280
Ch. 20"His Dogs More Than Us": Virtue in Situations of Conflict Between Women Religious and Their Ecclesiastical Employers293
Ch. 21Collegiality as a Moral and Ethical Practice315
Contributors333

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