Attentive to God: Thinking Theologically in Ministry

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Abingdon Press, Dec 1, 2011 - Religion - 138 pages
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How the pastor reads a situation theologically will define the possibilities for ministry now and for the church's future.

The pastor's theological lens affects every ministry task. This book introduces students to the importance of theological reflection. It tells them why theological reflection is crucial to who they are and what they do, and  it shows them how they can acquire and strengthen their capacity for theological attentiveness. Central to Wood and Blue's approach is the conviction that pastoral character and pastoral practice are mutually formative. Also through the practice of ministry the pastor's identity is both continually discovered and continually worked on and worked out. All pastors must integrate who they believe themselves to be and who they believe God is to be effective leaders.

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Part One Becoming Theological
An Understanding of Theology
The Shaping ofAttentiveness
Elements of Theological Judgment
Vision and Discernment
Part Two Incidents and Situations
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Intercultural Retreat
Die or Dialysis
Home SweetHome XXI
Paper Chase
True Colors

Learning Theology Through Case Study
What Should We Do About Henry?
Help Thou His Unbelief
Paying YourDues X Food + Money Food Bank XI Why Cant They Just Levitate?
A Funny Way of Showing
The Trinity at Trinity Church
Gods Will or Gods Wont
Su Casa Mi Casa
The House
Part Three Notes on Selected Cases
Note on A Funny Way of Showing
Note on The Trinity at Trinity Church
Note on Things That Go Bump in the Night
Note on True Colors

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About the author (2011)

Charles M. Wood is Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Ellen Blue is Assistant Professor of History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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