Practical Theology: An Introduction

Practical Theology: An Introduction

by Richard R. Osmer

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Practical Theology: An Introduction by Richard R. Osmer


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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802817655
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,302,382
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


Preface     viii
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

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