From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings

From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings

by Allan Hugh Cole Jr. (Editor)


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From Midterms to Ministry: Practical Theologians on Pastoral Beginnings by Allan Hugh Cole Jr.

The distinguished contributors to this volume — ministers, scholars, and theological educators — share personal reflections on the sometimes-difficult transition from being a seminarian to becoming a minister. Based on their own life experiences, they address the two related but different “worlds” of theological school and ministry settings, each with its own set of expectations, values, challenges, focal points, and rewards.

Contributors: Wallace M. Alston Jr.
Ray S. Anderson
M. Craig Barnes
Elizabeth F. Caldwell
Allan Hugh Cole Jr. 
Pamela D. Couture
Kathy Dawson
Carrie Doehring
Michael Jinkins
L. Gregory Jones
Susan Pendleton Jones
James F. Kay
Cleophus J. LaRue
Thomas G. Long
Loren B. Mead
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Earl F. Palmer
Stephanie Paulsell
Anthony B. Robinson
Carol L. Schnabl Schweitzer
Theodore J. Wardlaw
Traci C. West
William H. Willimon
J. Philip Wogaman
Karen Marie Yust

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802840028
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Allan Hugh Cole Jr. is the Nancy Taylor Williamson Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Michael L. Lindvall     x
Acknowledgments     xiv
Introduction     xvii
The Essential Untidiness of Ministry   Thomas G. Long     1
Leadership, Pastoral Identity, and Friendship: Navigating the Transition from Seminary to the Parish   L. Gregory Jones   Susan Pendleton Jones     13
Making the Transition: From a Theology of Ministry to a Ministry of Theology   Ray S. Anderson     27
Pulpit Supply   Stephanie Paulsell     39
Blackduck   James F. Kay     51
Have You Asked a Good Question Today?   Elizabeth F. Caldwell     65
Ministry and Clouds of Witnesses   Michael Jinkins     78
Fragile Connections: Constructing an Identity in the First Year of Ministry   Carrie Doehring     90
The Meandering Ministry   M. Craig Barnes     104
The Furnace of Humiliation   Pamela D. Couture     115
You Can Never Be Too Smart   Karen Marie Yust     130
From Texas Pastor to Princeton Professor   Cleophus J. LaRue     141
Contemplation in Action   Anthony B. Robinson     153
Spinning Gold from Straw: A Matter of Multiple Vocations   Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore     164
Sustaining the Pastoral Life   Earl F. Palmer     179
Gossip: The Grace Notes of Congregational Life   Carol L. Schnabl Schweitzer     191
Three Teachers   Loren B. Mead     204
Bearing a Memory, Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb, Expressing a Hope   Theodore J. Wardlaw     213
A Different Kind of Transition   J. Philip Wogaman     225
Learning to Build Christian Community: Males, Whites, Heterosexuals Wanted for Leadership   Traci C. West     237
What a Minister Is to Do   Wallace M. Alston Jr.     250
Blooming Where We Are Planted   Kathy Dawson     263
Between Two Worlds   William H. Willimon     274
Lessons Learned   Allan Hugh Cole Jr.     287
Contributors     301
Index of Names     308
Index of Subjects     312

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