The Pastor As Spiritual Guide

The Pastor As Spiritual Guide

by Howard L. Rice
     
 

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Howard Rice frames the work of the pastor in a new metaphor that renews both pastors and those they serve. This new metaphor is one of spiritual guide, replacing images of the pastor as educator, counselor, change agent, or administrator because, although important, they do not satisfy the full dimensions of leadership. The pastor as spiritual guide is one who finds… See more details below

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Howard Rice frames the work of the pastor in a new metaphor that renews both pastors and those they serve. This new metaphor is one of spiritual guide, replacing images of the pastor as educator, counselor, change agent, or administrator because, although important, they do not satisfy the full dimensions of leadership. The pastor as spiritual guide is one who finds his or her core identity in helping persons find meaning in life through a transforming relationship with God. The author goes on to express how this image can infuse all aspects of pastoral ministry such as preaching, teaching, social outreach, management, and administration. Seen from the perspective of spiritual guidance, the primary skill or tool brought to the work of pastoral ministry is one's own faith and willingness to share one's journey with others who are seeking.

This book is especially important in that many pastors are experiencing frustration and discouragement because they feel pulled in many directions by their own and others' expectations of them. Some pastors even feel drained of the vision that they experienced as part of their initial call to pastoral ministry. Rice presents this unifying image of spiritual guidance as the focal and defining point of ministry and suggests how such an understanding can impact activities from planning worship to leading meetings and small groups within the church.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780835808460
Publisher:
Upper Room Books
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,115,131
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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