Gentle Shepherding Pastoralethics and Leadership (Google eBook)

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Chalice Press, 2006 - RELIGION - 208 pages
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Named One of the Top Ten Books for Parish Clergy for the year 2006 by the Academy of Parish Clergy! Gentle Shepherding offers a rare balance in an introduction to pastoral ethics, one that identifies deeply with the pastoral vocation and brings it into conversation with a developed body of ethical theory. The goal of the book is to equip seminarians and pastors with conceptual resources for clarifying moral responsibility in the practice of ministry. This responsibility includes three levels: the minister as a moral agent in offering care; the minister as a moral enabler in encouraging virtue in others; and the minister as a moral leader in facilitating congregational life and witness in society. Helping ministers and seminarians to think anew about their responsibilities and the moral quandaries in pastoral practice, Gentle Shepherding integrates theory with practice, providing case material for further reflection and discussion and at least one case study or exercise associated with each chapter.
  

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Contents

Moral Self in Community Introduction to the Moral Life
1
Working Gently Nonmaleficence in Ministry
19
Permission for Mission Informed Consent in Pastoral Ministry
44
Keeping Faith I Veracity as Not Lying
70
Keeping Faith II Veracity as Truthtelling
86
Confidentiality in Care
106
Vocation I Creation and Community
127
Vocation II Church and Ministry
149
Conclusion
180
Notes
183
Index
203
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