Sustaining Ministry: Foundations and Practices for Serving Faithfully

Sustaining Ministry: Foundations and Practices for Serving Faithfully

by Sondra Wheeler


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This book offers an account of the moral foundations of pastoral ethics and the underlying interpersonal dynamics that make the practice of ministry powerful—and also morally dangerous, even for those with the best of intentions. Sondra Wheeler examines the personal disciplines and spiritual practices that help sustain safe ministry, including the essential practices of prayer and spiritual accountability. She equips ministers to abide by ethical standards when they come under pressure and offers practical strategies for navigating challenges. The author also stresses personal vulnerability and "unselfish self-care."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801098369
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 545,578
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sondra Wheeler (PhD, Yale University) is Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She has decades of experience preparing ministers and teaching advanced courses in the practice of ministry. Wheeler is the author of several books, including The Minister as Moral Theologian.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Good Rules Aren't Enough
1. A Moral Framework for Power
2. Laying Deeper Ethical Foundations
3. Protecting Space for Ministry
4. Understanding How Ministers Get into Trouble
5. Embracing the Practices that Sustain Faithfulness
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