Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 3, 2008 - Religion - 137 pages
Christian ministry is deeply concerned with proclaiming the transforming power of God??'s gift of faith in the daily lives of disciples. How is it, then, that so often Christian faith fails to orient our lives? Christian Scharen offers the compelling argument that such a way of life needs communities and leaders that build and communicate faith as foundation. Pastors will be able to impart this vision of faith, he cautions, only if they themselves are compelled by it and if their parishioners find that the model helps them make sense of life as a whole. Faith as a Way of Life is one response to this call for reflection on Christian faith as an orienting force impacting every aspect of daily life. Scharen examines the powerful languages that can replace faith language? emotion-driven therapeutic and results-driven managerial models? and shows how their domination leads to faith becoming a weak sibling. He directly engages the problems these languages often lead to with the hope of fostering pastoral leadership grounded in a vision of faith as a way of life. Faith as a Way of Life is an engaging and encouraging examination of how pastoral leaders can model and mediate faith as the beating heart pumping life-blood through every sphere of life
 

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Contents

Gathered and Scattered
ix
Acknowledgements
xiii
Introduction
1
Obstacles to Faith as a Way of Life
11
Life Compartmentalized
14
Lives SelfMaximized
27
Pastoral Leadership and Christian Practice
41
Kinship and the Family
43
Work and the Economy
59
Citizenship and the Government
78
Leisure and the Arts
95
Leading the Gathering and Scattering
111
Pastoral Leadership for Faith as a Way of Life
114
SubjectName Index
134
Scripture Index
137
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About the author (2008)

Christian B. Scharen is vice president for applied research at Auburn Seminary. His other books include Public Worship and Public Work.

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