THE VULNERABLE PASTOR HOW HUMAN LIMITATIONS EMPOWER OUR MINISTRY

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The Vulnerable Pastor

Author : Mandy Smith
ISBN : 9780830841233
Genre : Religion
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Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2015 Hearts & Minds Bookstore's Best Books of 2015, For Church Leaders ProdigalThought.net's Top Reads of 2015 Englewood Review of Books Best Books of 2015, Praxis Leadership Journal's Best Ministry Books of the Year Often as pastors we feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively. That's why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. But we know we can never live up to those images. Deep down, we know our own limitations, our weaknesses, our faults. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we'd be disqualified from ministry. Not so. Mandy Smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God's strength is revealed through our human weakness. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don't have to have it all together. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource. God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them.
Category: Religion

Open Secrets

Author : Richard Lischer
ISBN : 9780767913171
Genre : Religion
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Open Secrets is Richard Lischer's story of his early career as a Lutheran minister. Fresh out of divinity school and full of enthusiasm, Lischer found himself assigned to a small conservative church in an economically depressed town in southern Illinois. This was far from what this overly enthusiastic and optimistic young man expected. The town was bleak, poor, and clearly not a step on his path to a brilliant career. It's an awkward marriage at best, a young man with a Ph.D. in theology, full of ideas and ambitions, determined to improve his parish and bring them into the twenty-first century, and a community that is "as tightly sealed as a jar of home-canned pickles." In their own way, they welcome him and his family, even though they think he's "got bigger fish to fry." Thus begins Richard Lischer's first year as a pastor: bringing communion to the sick (but forgetting to bring the wafers); marrying two unlikely couples--a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend, and two people who can't stop fighting. Often he doesn't understand his congregation, and sometimes they don't understand him; for instance, why does his wife hire a baby-sitter and instead of leaving, put on her bathing suit, grab a stack of novels, and hide from the kids? Or why can't Pastor Lischer see how important it is for a woman with little money to buy an elaborate coffin to bury her husband in? There are also the moments of grace, when pastor and parishioner unite for a common goal: when he asks for prayers for his infant son, and can feel everyone in the congregation ministering to him; when old hurts are put aside to help a desperate young woman finish college and raise her baby; or when he helps save a woman from dying of a drug overdose. In Open Secrets Lischer tells not only his own story but also the story of New Cana and all of its inhabitants--lovable, deeply flawed, imperfect people that stick together. With his sharp eye and keen wit, Lischer perfectly captures the comedy of small town life with all of its feuds, rumors, scandals, and friendships. In the end he learns to appreciate not only the life New Cana has to offer, but also the people who have accepted him, at last, as part of themselves. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Religion

Sensing Jesus

Author : Zack Eswine
ISBN : 9781433520990
Genre : Religion
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This is a book about the behind-the-scenes reality of a life in ministry. It tells you what Zack Eswine wishes somebody else would’ve told him. With over 20 years of experience in ministry, Zack shares with incredible honesty about his own failures, burnout, and pain, all the while addressing the complexities of leadership decisions, church discipline, family dynamics, and so on. Presenting sound pastoral theology couched in autobiographical musings and powerful prose, this book offers a fresh and biblically faithful approach to the care of souls, including your own.
Category: Religion

Love Big Be Well

Author : Winn Collier
ISBN : 9780802874139
Genre : Fiction
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'A tour de force - an angle on understanding the life of both congregation and pastor that exceeds anything I have ever read.' - Eugene Peterson [if !supportTextWrap] [endif] Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor--not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them--something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation. Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas's letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas's own unfolding story. Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community--anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.
Category: Fiction

Love Big Be Well

Author : Winn Collier
ISBN : 9781467448345
Genre : Religion
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Jonas McAnn is a weary pastor without a congregation, trapped in a dead-end insurance job. Granby Presbyterian is a weary congregation without a pastor, overwhelmed by the prospect of finding someone who actually wants to be a pastor—not a manager, coach, or CEO. When Granby's pastoral search committee and Jonas connect through handwritten letters passed back and forth, something sparks between them—something so real and refreshing that even after Jonas and his family move to Granby, he continues the regular practice of writing letters to his congregation. Spanning seven years of his ministry at Granby Presbyterian, Jonas's letters ruminate on everything from fly-fishing to the Nicene Creed. They reveal the earthy spirituality woven into the joys and sorrows of the people of Granby, the community of the church, and Jonas's own unfolding story. Readers will discover what it means for a pastor and a church to do the slow work of ministry in community—anchored by a common place and buoyed by a life of faith that is meaningful, rooted, and true.
Category: Religion

Text Messages

Author : John Tucker
ISBN : 9781532630231
Genre : Religion
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Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. We live in a rapidly changing world, a world that seems to be increasingly inhospitable toward preaching. In the face of digital technology, social media, cultural pluralism, and pastoral burnout, how can Christian preachers proclaim the gospel faithfully and effectively? This book answers that question by bringing together a selection of important voices from across North America, Asia, and the Pacific. It argues that Spirit-empowered preaching is characterized by five attributes: it opens the Scriptures, engages the culture, addresses the listener, dissects the preacher, and elevates the Savior. With contributions from authors like William Willimon, Darrell Johnson, Lynne Baab, Robert Smith Jr., and Paul Windsor, this is an excellent resource for ordained ministers, lay preachers, theological students, and anyone wrestling with the challenge of preaching God’s word in a smartphone world.
Category: Religion

Change For The First Time Again

Author : Scott Lencke
ISBN : 9781498229333
Genre : Religion
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Change is everywhere in life. God seems to have designed it that way. Whether beautiful or painful, life-altering or small, our pages are written with a story of change. If change is everywhere, we are encountering new realities all the time: from our first conversation with a person to our first kiss to a new job to our first experience with loss. When encountering change, we can be hesitant to embrace it, even outright resist it. It could be scary or hard or too much or not as much as we desired, or possibly a combination of these. Because change is constant, it can seem as if we are walking through the same scenarios again and again. We have felt these feelings before, or had these conversations before. These painful moments seem to never fade. Even as we journey through the same situation for a second or third or tenth time, it calls for something new, for our story of change to continue in God. You can read a review of Change for the First Time, Again by the Englewood Review of books by clicking here!
Category: Religion

Post Traumatic Public Theology

Author : Stephanie N. Arel
ISBN : 9783319406602
Genre : Religion
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This book imagines new modes of religious response to trauma, moving beyond simple answers to the ‘why’ of human suffering toward discussions of profound expressions of faith in the aftermath of trauma. Engaging current realities such as war, race, and climate change, chapters feature specific locations from which theology is done and draw on the resources of Christian faith in order to respond. This volume recognizes religious leaders as first-responders to trauma and offers theological reflections that can stand up in the current realities of violence and its aftermath. The writings provide models for how to integrate the language of faith with the literature of trauma.
Category: Religion

The Politics Of Selfishness

Author : Paul L. Nevins
ISBN : 9780313393518
Genre : Philosophy
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In this thought-provoking book, the author argues that a preoccupation with the self and its solitary concerns—a mindset that is Locke's legacy—is at the root of America's present political and economic problems. * Over 100 primary sources are examined * Chronological presentation within the book's first four parts or "books" * Extensive bibliography includes primary and secondary books, as well as citations to newsprint, magazine, and journal article sources
Category: Philosophy

Slow Church

Author : C. Christopher Smith
ISBN : 9780830841141
Genre : Religion
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Suggests that modern religion is too fast paced and that a slower approach should be used so that parishioners get a more fulfilling experience.
Category: Religion