The Teaching Ministry of Congregations

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In this important and groundbreaking book, Richard Osmer develops a practical theology of the teaching ministry. He begins by exploring the teaching ministry of the apostle Paul, identifying in Paul's letters to his congregations the core tasks of the teaching ministry: catechesis, exhortation, and discernment. Next he presents case studies of the teaching ministries of three contemporary congregations--one in the United States, one in Korea, and one in South Africa--developing interpretive perspectives on the ...

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Overview

In this important and groundbreaking book, Richard Osmer develops a practical theology of the teaching ministry. He begins by exploring the teaching ministry of the apostle Paul, identifying in Paul's letters to his congregations the core tasks of the teaching ministry: catechesis, exhortation, and discernment. Next he presents case studies of the teaching ministries of three contemporary congregations--one in the United States, one in Korea, and one in South Africa--developing interpretive perspectives on the teaching ministry. Finally he focuses on the development of action-guiding models and guidelines and explores helpful methods for guiding the teaching ministries of one's own particular congregation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664225476
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,156,778
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author


Richard Robert Osmer is Thomas W. Synnott Professor of Christian Education and Director of the School of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he is the author of Confirmation: Presbyterian Practices in Ecumenical Perspective, Teaching for Faith, and A Teachable Spirit.
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Table of Contents

1 The purpose of Paul's teaching ministry in congregations 10
2 Three tasks of Paul's teaching ministry : catechesis, exhortation, and discernment 26
3 Three case study congregations 67
4 Somang Presbyterian Church of Seoul, Korea : the practices of a congregation living under the word 87
5 Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, New Jersey : the curriculum of a congregation living in hope 113
6 The uniting reformed Church of Stellenbosch, South Africa : leadership in the spirit of Belhar 147
7 The pilgrimage frame : evoking and nurturing the vocations of individuals 174
8 Theo-drama : divine and human action 203
9 Catechesis : a dramatological model 237
10 Exhortation : moral formation and education in the congregation 258
11 Discernment : new practices for contemporary congregations 283
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