In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry.
Using examples of pastors throughout historyfrom Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-WeberRoot shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.
About the Author
Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous books, including Faith Formation in a Secular Age, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, The Children of Divorce, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, and Relationships Unfiltered, and the coauthor (with Kenda Creasy Dean) of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Welcome to the Pastoral Malaise
1. A Historical Map of the Pastor in Our Secular Age
2. The Lifting Fog of Enchantment: Thomas Becket and Pastoring in a Disenchanted Age
3. Keeping Enchantment from Flaring Up: Pastoring to Private People
4. The Force Field of the Buffer: Augustine and Pastoring to Selves
5. When Ordinary Life Becomes So Much More Than Ordinary: Jonathan Edwards and Pastoring to Those Who Don't Care
6. When a Pastor Was America's Greatest Celebrity: Henry Ward Beecher and Pastoring by Personality
7. The Pastor as Chaplain of a Secular Age: Harry Emerson Fosdick and Pastoring at the End of the Denomination
8. When Purpose Becomes Mine and Authenticity Becomes King: Rick Warren and Pastoring in a Post-Durkheimian Age
Bridge: Winter Lectures in Paris
9. Foucault and the Rise of Pastoral Power
Part 2: The God Who Is a Ministering Pastor
10. The Weird God of Israel Who Arrives
11. Encountering a Speaking God Who Identifies with Events
12. A Run into the Wild: Meeting the Ministering God Who Sees
13. Say My Name, Say My Name: The God of Exodus
14. When Dry Bones Live Again: The God of Resurrection
15. Invisible Gorillas and the Practice of Prayer