The Relational Pastor: Sharing in Christ by Sharing Ourselves

The Relational Pastor: Sharing in Christ by Sharing Ourselves

by Andrew Root
     
 

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Practical theologian Andrew Root deconstructs relational ministry as we have come to understand it, calling for a new breed of "empathic minister" to take the helm in our churches. Bringing current practice in touch with incarnational theology, Root searches for a more robust understanding of the relationships that make up the body of Christ.See more details below

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Practical theologian Andrew Root deconstructs relational ministry as we have come to understand it, calling for a new breed of "empathic minister" to take the helm in our churches. Bringing current practice in touch with incarnational theology, Root searches for a more robust understanding of the relationships that make up the body of Christ.

Editorial Reviews

David Fitch
"I have long suspected the 'folk ecclesiology' of most evangelical churches could not support missional and/or incarnational ministry for the long haul. Andrew Root's The Relational Pastor helps me see this problem anew in a helpful way. In the process he points a way forward to a robust theology that grounds the church in our God who has become flesh in Jesus Christ. What this means for personhood, relationship and community is astounding. Thank you, Andrew Root. I needed this book."
Reverend - Landon Whitsitt
"Several years ago, I encountered the work of Andrew Root, and while it was primarily focused on youth ministry, it radically changed the way I engaged my own work as a congregational pastor. With The Relational Pastor, Root takes the seeds of what I saw and coaxes them into a full-fledged tree, teeming with wonderful fruit."By reorienting our perspective from relating to others as 'the sum of their decisions' to 'a mystery to be encountered,' Root has offered ministers of all stripes the opportunity to live and encounter the incarnation, not as a doctrine to be learned but a reality to be lived."
Tim Keel
"So much of what passes for pastoral ministry resources these days is either thinly veiled pragmatism or a sentimental call to return to a bygone era. Thankfully, Andy Root defies that trend. Instead, he has developed a deep and robust theology of pastoral ministry that engages the imagination and invites embodiment. He achieves this by interacting with compelling research drawn from a wide variety of disciplines that he thens interprets in (and for) the context of the local church. The Relational Pastor is an important book whose time is now."
Reverend - Laura S. Truax
"This is a scary book. It threatens to expose the tricks we pastors use to influence some and to motivate others; it threatens to uncover our egoism and reveal how often we protect our fiefdoms. The Relational Pastor is a call to live authentically. It's an invitation to be honest about who we are and what keeps us awake at night; and finally, it's a call to the only life worth living—a real one."
Kris Fernhout
"In an age where connecting with people via technology and social media has quickly become the norm, Andy Root has spent much energy reminding youth pastors what it means to connect and be in relationship with others in the context of their ministries. The Relational Pastor is a convicting call to pastors at all levels to remember what it is to be Christlike and incarnational in regards to our relationships. This is a must-read for any pastor who believes that relationships with people are at the core of not just ministry but of our understanding of Jesus Christ and our intimacy with him."
John Swinton
"I have always been fascinated by the African Ubuntu saying: 'I am because we are.' The suggestion that without you I cannot be myself is radical and transformative. Such a way of understanding human persons opens up a very different relational space, one which stands in stark contrast to our individualistic assumptions and the whole idea that we are 'our own people.' Andrew Root understands this dynamic; more than that, he shows us how we might live it. With grace and imaginative commitment he carves out a quite beautiful model of relational discipleship and relational church. If you are interested in what love looks like, this book is for you."
Andrew E. Stoddard
"It is not often you find a work that is so full of practical relational insight, while maintaining theological depth. Root's work doesn't offer anything shockingly novel, but it is a theologically rich call to refocus on the relational side of ministry."
Winn Collier
"If you are a pastor wearied by the tempations to produce and hungry for simple connection with others (simple pastoring), you will find a friend here."
David Mundt
"Most pastors and ministry leaders will affirm that relationships are at the heart of ministry. Root's concern, however, is that relationships have become the tool of ministry--simply a means to earn the loyalty of people to our programs or our brand of Jesus to our ministries grow. Thus, building relationship ministries becomes a strategy rather than a sincere effort to connect with people. . . . Root's concern is important and discussion-worthy, so recommend this book to pastors, group leaders, and key ministry leaders."
Jeff Friend
"Root gives compelling and well-reasoned arguments to the many benefits of ministers becoming 'relational pastors.'"
Scot McKnight
"I cannot imagine any pastors going through seminary today not reading this important book."
Laura Widstrom
"Christian bookstore shelves are flooded with books for pastors with formulas and models for effective ministry in churches today, and most pastors will admit to having worked towards implementing many of them with minimal success. In contrast is Andrew Root's new text, The Relational Pastor. Written by a self-identified introvert, this book sets aside formulas and models to take a unique look at the relationship between a pastor and their parishioners and suggests that it is within relationships that true pastoral ministry lies. . . . In the tradition of Andrew Root's writing, this a well-researched book that crosses many disciplines to build a solid argument. This text will contribute significantly to the pool of literature preparing ministry leaders today, and hopefully offer a challenge not previously extended."
Rev. Laura S. Truax
"This is a scary book. It threatens to expose the tricks we pastors use to influence some and to motivate others; it threatens to uncover our egoism and reveal how often we protect our fiefdoms. The Relational Pastor is a call to live authentically. It's an invitation to be honest about who we are and what keeps us awake at night; and finally, it's a call to the only life worth living—a real one."
Rev. Landon Whitsitt
"Several years ago, I encountered the work of Andrew Root, and while it was primarily focused on youth ministry, it radically changed the way I engaged my own work as a congregational pastor. With The Relational Pastor, Root takes the seeds of what I saw and coaxes them into a full-fledged tree, teeming with wonderful fruit.

"By reorienting our perspective from relating to others as 'the sum of their decisions' to 'a mystery to be encountered,' Root has offered ministers of all stripes the opportunity to live and encounter the incarnation, not as a doctrine to be learned but a reality to be lived."

Library Journal
Root (youth & family ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul; The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry) examines the modern concept of relational pastoral ministry and tackles the problem of seeking relationships to convince or change people. Using modern brain science and relationship theory as well as the Christian understanding of incarnation, Root articulates a ministry of building a true relationship rather than attempting to sell a changed life by joining in a pseudorelationship. He interweaves real-life stories of ministry with modern relationship theory and illustrations from TV and the movies to formulate a down-to-earth, people-based book. Following theoretical and theological overviews, he focuses on prayer, preaching, and leadership as key tools to build a “place” in which authentic sharing and relationship can root and grow. It is the means of spreading his belief that the church should be a safe place for people to share and experience true relationship in the midst of our superficial world.

Verdict Pastors in local churches will appreciate this practical volume, as will interested Christian congregants and theology students.—Ray Arnett, Fremont Area District Lib., MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830864638
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
12/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
670,775
File size:
1 MB

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