Social Ministry

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1992 - Religion - 232 pages
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This work challenges pastors, seminarians, and active members of the laity to rethink the social character of their ministry. Dieter Hessel calls on parish communities to "meet human need with good Samaritan love while acting for justice with prophetic boldness." In this updated edition, Hessel assesses major new developments that have occurred in both church and society since the first publication ofSocial Ministry. He gives special attention to the uncertainty that churches face today in regard to their public role.

  

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Contents

To Reconstruct a Whole Ministry
3
Every Congregations Dilemma
34
Response to Social Crisis
48
Introduction to Part II
77
Liberating Bible Study and Preaching
93
The Church as an Educating Community
109
Resocializing Pastoral Care and Lay Ministry
124
Renewal of Community Ministry
145
Active Forms of the Church
183
Notes
209
Index of Scripture References
226
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Dieter T. Hesselis director of the Program on Ecology, Justice, and Faith. His publications includeEarth Habit: Eco-Injustice and the Church's ResponseandChristianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-being of Earth and Humans.

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