Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life

Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life


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In Pastoral Imagination: Bringing the Practice of Ministry to Life, Eileen R. Campbell-Reed informs and inspires the practice of ministry through slices of "on the ground" learning experienced by seminarians, pastors, activists, and chaplains and gathered from qualitative studies of ministry. Each of the fifty chapters explores a single concept through story, reflection, and provocative open-ended questions designed to spark conversation between ministers and mentors, among ministry peers, or for personal journal reflections. The book provides a framework for understanding ministry as an embodied, relational, integrative, and spiritual practice.

Pastoral Imagination is closely integrated with the author's Three Minute Ministry Mentor web resource, which introduces the topics in the book through brief video presentations. The book serves as a coaching guide and a ministry mentor in its own right by expanding on these topics through the author's reflections, observations, and questions. Addressing the importance of the practice of ministry, Campbell-Reed states: "Ministry itself, like most professions and complex practices, is dogged and driven by a rush to achieve. Yet to focus on achievement can be disastrous, especially if we skip over the steps for learning. To learn the practice of ministry—a multifaceted professional and spiritual practice—takes time and preparation, risk and responsibility, support and feedback."

The book can be used by individuals for personal growth; with groups in new-pastor retreats, CPE training programs, ministry peer groups, or supervision settings such as internship or field education; for devotional inspiration at staff meetings; and in seminary classrooms that prioritize teaching ministry as a practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506470061
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Series: Handbook
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,050,668
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, is visiting associate professor of pastoral theology and care at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She also teaches for the Women's Leadership Initiative MDiv program for Central Seminary, Minnesota. She is co-director of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project; founder and host of Three Minute Ministry Mentor; and author of Anatomy of a Schism (2016).

Christian Scharen is Vice President, Applied Research for the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword Christian Scharen ix

Introduction 1

50 Ministry Topics

1 Ministry as a Practice 23

2 Seeing Holy Depths 27

3 Self-Reflection 31

4 Collaboration 35

5 Being There 39

6 Supporting Peers 43

7 Ministry as Embodied 47

8 Equity in Ministry 51

9 Ministry as Relational 55

10 Failing Creatively 58

11 Listening 62

12 Mentoring for Skill 65

13 Stakes of Ministry 69

14 Contemplative Prayer 72

15 Emotional Intelligence 76

16 Engaging Ritual 79

17 Aha Moments 84

18 Preaching Jesus 88

19 Brick Walls 92

20 Identity and Place 97

21 Practicing Resurrection 101

22 Transforming Injustice 105

23 Sabbath 110

24 Vocational Discernment 115

25 Examen 119

26 Future Stories 123

27 Preaching and Prayer 127

28 Thinking Theologically 131

29 Apprenticeship 135

30 Learning Goals: Harnessing Frustration 140

31 Learning Goals: Redirecting Fear 144

32 Learning Goals: Seeking Accountability 149

33 Cultivating Questions 154

34 Action-Reflection for Beginnings 158

35 Overcoming Isolation 163

36 Improvisation 167

37 Salience 173

38 Action-Reflection for Preaching 177

39 Pulled Up Short 182

40 Change over Time 187

41 Two Vocations 191

42 Blueprint Stones 195

43 Facing Fears 199

44 Defining Moments 204

45 Navigating Conflict 208

46 Knowledge Use 212

47 Congruence 215

48 Holy Fierceness 219

49 Boundaries 224

50 Embracing Joy 228

Appendix Questions for Redemptive Change 233

Gratitude 237

Notes 241

Bibliography 255

Index 261

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