This Odd and Wondrous Calling: The Public and Private Lives of Two Ministers

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Sep 11, 2009 - Religion - 254 pages
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When it comes to ministry, there are plenty of books about how to do this work better ? everything from church growth to fundraising to managing conflict to the latest small group technique. There are books about what is difficult in ministry and the toll it can take. There are books about the ministry from those who have left it behind. This Odd and Wondrous Calling offers something different: a book both honest about the challenges of the vocation and reflective of its joy from two people still pastoring. / Anecdotal and extremely readable, this book covers a diversity of subjects revealing the incredible variety of a pastor?s day. The chapters move from comedy to pathos, story to theology, scripture to contemporary culture. This Odd and Wondrous Calling is both serious and fun and ideal for any who are either considering the ministry or want a better understanding of their own minister?s life. / ?Some pastors write about how they grew their churches,? says Martin B. Copenhaver. ?Perhaps we are writing about how our churches have grown us.?
 

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Lillian Daniel and Martin Copenhaver make the simple point that the pastoral life is different. It is different from the perception of outsiders. It is different from the preparations of the seminary ... Read full review

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Contents

Minute 54
1
Shaking Hands
8
Entertaining Angels Unawares
18
Learning to Pray
29
Can We Be Friends?
37
So Youre a Minister
43
Im with the Band
51
Made Better Than I Am
58
A PK in the Ministry
119
Recall Notice
128
Laying On of Hands
136
The Calling Church
142
The Twin Impostors
148
Married to the Minister
158
Married to a Pagan
170
Money Off the Shelf
183

Crumbs from the Table
67
What Shall I Call You?
78
I Was Looking for the Pastor But Youll Do
83
What Kind of Strange Place Is This?
94
Casting Out Demons
99
Expertise and Wisdom
106
A Cast of Thousands
115
The Ministry of Angels
194
Palm Sunday
204
Hospital Visitation
211
The Preacher
220
Staying in Church
228
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About the author (2009)

Lillian Daniel is senior minister of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and co-host of the Chicago-based television program 30 Good Minutes. She is also the author to Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony. Martin B. Copenhaver is senior pastor of Wellesley Congregational Church, United church of Christ, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His other books include To Begin at the Beginning: An Introduction to the Christian Faith.

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