Reconstructing Pastoral Theology

Author: Andrew Purves
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664227333
Release Date: 2004-01-01
Genre: Religion

In Pastoral Care in the Classical Tradition, Andrew Purves argued that pastoral care and theology has long ignored Scripture and Christian doctrine, and pastoral practice has become secularized in both method and goal, the fiefdom of psychology and the social sciences. He builds further on this idea here, presenting a christological basis for ministry and pastoral theology.

Pastoral Theology

Author: Dr. Daniel L. Akin
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781433685828
Release Date: 2017-06-01
Genre: Religion

While many pastoral ministry books focus on the practical duties of the pastor, few works actually consider how theological truth defines the pastor’s role and responsibilities. These pragmatic ministry tools, though instructionally beneficial, essentially divorce biblical doctrine from ministerial practice. As a result, pastors’ lives and ministries often lack the theological roots that provide the stability and nourishment necessary to sustain them. Pastoral Theology constructs a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is biblically derived, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionally engaged, and contextually relevant. By using traditional theological categories the authors explore the correlation between evangelical doctrine and pastoral practice. Through careful theological integration they formulate a ministry philosophy that defines the pastoral office and determines its corresponding responsibilities in light of theological truth. The authors provide a theological understanding of the pastorate that will equip aspiring pastors to discern and pursue their calling, challenge younger pastors to build on ministerial truth instead of ministerial trends, and inspire seasoned pastors to be reinvigorated in their passion for Christ and his church.

Pastoral Theology

Author: James H. Harris
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451410433
Release Date:
Genre: Religion

A taut analysis of black liberation theology, connecting scholarship to practical congregational ministry. The chapters of this book focus on liberation and evangelism, the urban community, and black theology as well as church administration, worship, education, and self-esteem.

Trauma and Transformation at Ground Zero

Author: Storm Swain
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451418606
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Religion

"From personal interviews with chaplains at the temporary mortuary at Ground Zero and her own experiences as an Episcopal priest, psychotherapist, and chaplain, Storm Swain offers a new model of pastoral care grounded in theology and practice. Reflecting on experiences of suffering faced in ministry, Swain considers what it means to love in these instances and what is involved in ministering in these contexts. Within this model, caregivers can move from a place of trauma to a place of transformation, which enables wholeness and healing for both caregivers and those for whom they care" -- Publisher description.

Pastoral Theology

Author: Martin Thornton
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781608997442
Release Date: 2010-06-01
Genre: Religion

This is a book about pastoral priorities and parochial spirituality. Mr. Thornton argues that considerations of biblical and philosophical theology, history, and psychology alike demand that pastoral work should be based on that Remnant of faithful souls--often very few in number--to be found in any parish; and that their training and direction is of very much greater importance than devising schemes to interest the multitude. He argues forcefully against the parochial activity which aims at adding numbers of individuals to the Church by methods of recruitment; this he holds to be theologically unsound and ascetically ineffective. His faith is that God will add to the Church such as are being saved when there is at the heart of the parish this Remnant living by rule, a center of adoration and charity--the rightful heir, he contends, of medieval monastic Order. There is probably no other modern work which attempts such a serious and thorough examination of the type of spirituality to which Christians can aspire in the world today.

SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology

Author: Margaret Whipp
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
ISBN: 9780334045502
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Religion

The SCM Studyguide Pastoral Theology designed to support undergraduate courses for the training of clergy and lay pastoral workers at an accessible introductory level. The book aims to develop pastoral wisdom and integrity through a critical integration of theology and the human sciences. Introducing key themes in theological anthropology and pastoral practice, it shapes a creative pastoral vision which is deeply rooted in a Christian vision of what it means to be human and what it takes to care. Working with case studies, the book will introduce broad frameworks of understanding of issues such as growth, loss, and sexuality, together with critical perspectives on important aspects of practice such as language, power and boundaries. The book provides an accessible overview of key concepts in pastoral theology, offering key entry points for further discussion and study. Each chapter includes discussion questions and/or reflective exercises at the end of each chapter together with a short bibliography. Throughout the text, key summaries of learning will be indicated by boxed Practice Points.

John Wesley s Teachings Volume 3

Author: Thomas C. Oden
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310587132
Release Date: 2013-01-22
Genre: Religion

John Wesley’s Teachings is the first systematic exposition of John Wesley's theology that is also faithful to Wesley's own writings. Wesley was a prolific writer and commentator on Scripture—his collected works fill eighteen volumes—and yet it is commonly held that he was not systematic or consistent in his theology and teachings. On the contrary, Thomas C. Oden demonstrates that Wesley displayed a remarkable degree of internal consistency over sixty years of preaching and ministry. This series of 4 volumes is a text-by-text guide to John Wesley’s teaching. It introduces Wesley’s thought on the basic tenets of Christian teaching: God, providence, and man (volume 1), Christ and salvation (volume 2), the practice of pastoral care (volume 3), and issues of ethics and society (volume 4). In everyday modern English, Oden clarifies Wesley’s explicit intent and communicates his meaning clearly to a contemporary audience. Both lay and professional readers will find this series useful for devotional reading, moral reflection, sermon preparation, and for referencing Wesley’s opinions on a broad range of pressing issues of contemporary society.

Pastoral Theology from a Global Perspective

Author: Henry S. Wilson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781597520577
Release Date: 2005-01-17
Genre: Religion

Multi-cultural and global in design, 'Pastoral Theology from a Global Perspective' brings concrete and applicable resources to Christian leaders around the world who are struggling with problems of pastoral care. This practical, easy-to-use approach to pastoral theology is designed to hone pastoral skills in five central areas: -the role of women in church and society -empowering marginalized peoples -economic justice and ecology -reconciliation and peacemaking -caring for human needs Fifteen case studies, accompanied by teaching notes and commentaries, illustrate the diversity and commonalities of pastoral care in different parts of the world: an ordained Indian woman assigned as an associate pastor is threatened by male church members who say she is not permitted to preach from the pulpit or serve the Eucharist; missionaries to Haiti face critical decisions about supplying chemical fertilizer to a destitute hillside village; a Hispanic community considers illegally occupying a government nature reserve to save their community sheep herd; a Ugandan pastor deals with violence and healing in a community struggling to recover from civil war.

Pastoral Theology

Author: Thomas C. Oden
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780060663537
Release Date: 1983-05-25
Genre: Religion

This much-needed book fully integrates principles of pastoral care, leadership, and theology to restore to ministers a clearly defined pastoral identity. Moving from a critique of inadequate models for ministry -- from community organizer to T. V. evangelist -- Oden develops a more classical model, rich in its references to the past and compatible both with Christian faith and theology through the ages and with current needs. Reconciling classical tradition with practice, Pastoral Theology will be a standard resource and reference in the field. Oden distills the best ideas of the two millennia of ecumenical Christian thinking concerning what pastors are and do. Pastoral Theology provides the foundational knowledge of the pastoral office requisite to the practice of ministry. It will be of interest to persons preparing for ordination in its review of key issues; at the same time, Pastoral Theology will appeal to all those who have considered entering the ministry, those who want to know more about what clergy do and why, and those ministers who want to review their ongoing work in the light of a systematic reflection on the pastoral gifts and tasks.

Keeping Faith in Practice

Author: James Sweeney
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
ISBN: 9780334043232
Release Date: 2009-12-01
Genre: Religion

Keeping Faith in Practice is a Roman Catholic reflection on Practical and Pastoral Theology. This book presents an exploration of how theology engages with the dimension of practice in the life of the Church and contemporary society and culture. It covers the main focal points of a Catholic view of pastoral/practical theology.