Re-Calling Ministry

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In the press of everyday considerations, pastors sometimes forget why they chose to be ministers in the first place. James E. Dittes reminds and offers honest, poetic observations on the predicament, the pressure, the particularity, and the presence of ministry.

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Overview

In the press of everyday considerations, pastors sometimes forget why they chose to be ministers in the first place. James E. Dittes reminds and offers honest, poetic observations on the predicament, the pressure, the particularity, and the presence of ministry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608994465
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Dittes (1926-2009) was professor of pastoral theology and psychology, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface 1
Foreword 3
Prologue 9
Pt. 1 The Predicament of Ministry
1 Ministry as Grief Work 15
2 Ministry: In Place, No Place 29
3 The Empty Yes and the Masked Yes 39
4 Seeing through Expectations to Find Ministry 51
Pt. 2 The Pressure of Ministry
5 Who Am I That I Should Go? 71
6 Thirty-eight Years on the Verge 77
7 Joseph: Frozen Power 85
8 Confessions of the Golden Calf 99
Pt. 3 The Particularity of Ministry
9 Administration vs. Ministry 107
10 Preaching as Risky Investment 123
11 Counseling in the Wilderness 139
12 Shepherding Programs or Getting Lost Together? 149
Pt. 4 The Presence of Ministry
13 Joseph: Called into Service 169
14 Modern Josephs: A Powerful Sense of Presence 177
Afterword 182
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