The Relational Pastor: Sharing in Christ by Sharing Ourselves

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InterVarsity Press, Mar 4, 2013 - Religion - 254 pages
One of the Academy of Parish Clergy's "Top 10 Books of 2013 for Parish Ministry" When is the last time you asked yourself hard questions about why you were pursuing certain relationships in your ministry? Could it be that the end game for many of us is not relationship per se but loyalty, adherence, even submission? The sheep in our flock become the means to our end: pastoring becomes less about the people of God and more about maintenance of the status quo—and, if we are willing to recognize it, the elevation of our pastoral status. Here practical theologian Andy Root dissects relational ministry as we have come to understand it and searches for the seed of a more wholesome, more pastoral understanding of the relationships for which God has prepared the church: the place where, when two or more are gathered in his name, Christ is present.
 

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Root (youth & family ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul; The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry) examines the modern concept of relational pastoral ministry and tackles the problem of seeking ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
New Consciousness New Ministry
23
Transitioning from the Pastor as SelfHelp Entertainer
31
What Is a Person?
71
Empathy Its a Spirit Thing
90
Can I Read Your Mind?
101
New Visions of Incarnational Ministry
109
Relational Ministry as Gift
122
Sharing Is More Than What You Learned in Kindergarten
132
The Place Between
150
12 A Quick Pauline Excursion
166
What This Looks Like
185
Portraits ofRelational Pastors
216
Index
249
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Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is in the Baalson Olson Chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). A former Young Life staffworker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor.

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