Every church congregation encounters challenging situations, some the same the world over, and others specific to each church. Richard Osmer here seeks to teach congregational leaders including, but not limited to, clergy the requisite knowledge and skills to meet such situations with sensitivity and creativity. Osmer develops a framework for practical theological interpretation in congregations by focusing on four key questions: What is going on in a given context? Why is this going on? What ought to be going on? and How might the leader shape the context to better embody Christian witness and mission? The book is unique in its attention to interdisciplinary issues and the ways that theological reflection is grounded in the spirituality of leaders. Useful, accessible, and lively with lots of specific examples and case studies Osmer‘s Practical Theology effectively equips congregational leaders to guide their communities with theological integrity.
|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Richard R. Osmer is the Ralph B. and Helen S. AshenfelterProfessor of Mission and Evangelism at PrincetonTheological Seminary. His other books include ATeachable Spirit and The Teaching Ministry ofCongregations.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Four Tasks of Practical Theology 1
The Descriptive-Empirical Task: Priestly Listening 31
The Interpretive Task: Sagely Wisdom 79
The Normative Task: Prophetic Discernment 129
The Pragmatic Task: Servant Leadership 175
Epilogue: Teaching Practical Theology in Schools of Theology 219
Name Index 242
Subject Index 244