Being a pastor is a complicated calling. Pastors are often pulled in multiple directions and must "become all things to all people" (1 Cor. 9:22). What does the New Testament say (or not say) about the pastoral calling? And what can we learn about it from the apostle Paul?
According to popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight, pastoring must begin first and foremost with spiritual formation, which plays a vital role in the life and ministry of the pastor. As leaders, pastors both create and nurture culture in a church. The biblical vision for that culture is Christoformity, or Christlikeness. Grounding pastoral ministry in the pastoral praxis of the apostle Paul, McKnight shows that nurturing Christoformity was at the heart of the Pauline mission. The pastor's central calling, then, is to mediate Christ in everything. McKnight explores seven dimensions that illustrate this conceptfriendship, siblings, generosity, storytelling, witness, subverting the world, and wisdomas he calls pastors to be conformed to Christ and to nurture a culture of Christoformity in their churches.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Series:||Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham), a world-renowned scholar, writer, and speaker, is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. His blog, Jesus Creed, is one of the most popular and influential evangelical blogs. McKnight is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than seventy-five books, including It Takes a Church to Baptize, Adam and the Genome, Kingdom Conspiracy, The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, and The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life. He is also a canon theologian for the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others.
Table of Contents
1. Pastors as Culture Makers
2. A Culture of Friendship
3. A Culture of Siblings
4. A Culture of Generosity
5. A Culture of Storytellers
6. A Culture of Witness
7. A Culture of World Subversion
8. A Culture of Wisdom
Final Thoughts: Nurturing Christoformity