The Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership

The Minister as Moral Theologian: Ethical Dimensions of Pastoral Leadership

by Sondra Wheeler


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The practice of ministry requires pastors and Christian leaders to serve as moral theologians in their communities. Ministers must preach about morally challenging texts, teach about moral issues and conflicts, offer moral counsel, and serve as an example regarding the shape of faithful Christian life. Grounding pastoral ethics in spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines, this book provides tools for facing the day-to-day demands and seizing the opportunities of being a moral teacher. An essential text for practical ministry courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801097843
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,032,844
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (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 What We Were Made For: Christian Reflections on Love.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why This Book?
1. The Minister as Ethicist
2. Preaching on Morally Difficult Texts and Occasions
3. Teaching about Moral Issues
4. Giving Moral Counsel
5. Serving as a Moral Example
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