Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity

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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company #ad - Eugene peterson issues a provocative call for pastors to abandon their preoccupation with image and standing, and to return to the three basic acts critical to the pastoral ministry: praying, and economic viability, reading Scripture, success, administration, and giving spiritual direction.

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Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work

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Eerdmans #ad - Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work #ad - Whereas much of the current literature on pastoring stresses up-to-date training and new techniques stemming from the behavioral sciences, Eugene Peterson here calls for returning to an "old" resource--the Bible--as the basis for all of pastoral ministry. Originally published in 1980 and now being reprinted to meet continuing demand, adapting jewish religious tradition to contemporary pastoral practice, and affirming a significant link between pastoral work and the act of worship,  Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work shows how five Old Testament books provide a solid foundation for much of what a pastor does:  Prayer-Directing: Song of SongsStory-Making: RuthPain-Sharing: LamentationsNay-Saying: EcclesiastesCommunity-Building: Esther Pointing to the relevance of ancient wisdom, this book opens up to pastors a wealth of valuable practical-theological insights.

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The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction

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Eerdmans #ad - William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. Entitled "the word made fresh, " this concluding section is a felicitous finale to Peterson's discerning, down-to-earth reflections on the art of pastoring. The book ends with several meaning-full poems that pivot on the incarnation, the doctrine closest to pastoral work.

The main part of the book focuses on pastoral ministry and spiritual direction "between Sundays": these chapters begin with poetic reflections on the Beatitudes and then discuss such themes as curing souls, the language of prayer, praying with eyes open, and sabbatical--all with engaging, the ministry of small talk, illustrative anecdotes from Peterson's own experience.

The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction #ad - Eugene peterson, well known as "a pastor's pastor, " here speaks words of wisdom and refreshment for pastors caught in the busyness of preaching, teaching, and "running the church. In the contemplative pastor peterson highlights the often-overlooked essentials of ministry, first by redefining the meaning of pastor through three strengthening adjectives: unbusy, subversive,  andapocalyptic.

Any pastor who needs and wants to get back to basics will do well to absorb this book.

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Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness

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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company #ad - Peterson probes the spiritual dimensions of the pastoral calling and seeks to reclaim the ground taken over by those who are trying to enlist pastors in religious careers. In this book peterson clarifies the pastoral vocation by turning to the book of Jonah, in which he finds a captivating, subversive story that can help pastors recover their vocational holiness.

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The Pastor: A Memoir

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HarperOne #ad - The Pastor: A Memoir #ad - Steering away from abstractions, mega pastors, peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, and the church’s too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-based description of what being a minister means today. In the end, peterson discovers that being a pastor boils down to “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on now’ between men and women, with each other and with God.

William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. In the pastor, translator of the multimillion-selling the message, author Eugene Peterson, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. HarperOne.

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Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential

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IVP Books #ad - This second call or "vocation" has implications not only for our work or occupation, our weaknesses, but also includes our giftedness, our life in community and what we do day to day. William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. God calls us first to himself, and also to a specific life purpose, to know and follow him, a particular reason for being.

. This new edition has been revised and updated throughout with two expanded chapters and a new chapter on four specific areas of calling. Here is rich insight for all who long for the ears to hear and the courage to follow God's call. In this book gordon smith invites you to discover your vocation by listening to God and becoming a coworker with him.

Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential #ad - What is my calling? how do i live it out in the midst of difficult relationships or moral challenges? Will my vocation change as I enter a new stage of life? With competing needs and demands, how can I craft a balanced way of living? Smith addresses these questions and many more in the pages of this book.

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In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership

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Crossroad #ad - For a society that measures successful leadership in terms of the effectiveness of the individual, Father Nouwen offers a counter definition that is witnessed by a "communal and mutual experience. For nouwen, leadership cannot function apart from the community. Most widely read among the over 40 books Father Nouwen wrote is In the Name of Jesus.

Henri nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of Jesus and the love of God in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. His wisdom is grounded in the foundation that we are a people "called. This beautiful guide to christian Leadership is the rich fruit of Henri Nouwen's own journey as one of the most influential spirtiual leaders of the 20th century.

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The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring

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Jossey-Bass #ad - The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring #ad - He celebrates both the problems and potentials of the active life, the world, revealing how much they have to teach us about ourselves, and God. Palmer's deep and graceful exploration of a spirituality for the busy, sometimes frenetic lives many of us lead. The active Life is Parker J. Telling evocative stories from a variety of religious traditions, and Christian, including Taoist, Jewish, Palmer shows that the spiritual life does not mean abandoning the world but engaging it more deeply through life-giving action.

The crossroad Publishing Company. William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. HarperOne.

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Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers

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IVP Books #ad - The crossroad Publishing Company. A complex mix of factors both internal and external test the limits of your ability to minister wholeheartedly over the long haul. Great ministers don't just happen. If such patterns can be predicted, the authors reasoned, can they be prevented?Preventing Ministry Failure is a personal guidebook for pastors and other caregivers to prepare them to withstand common pressures and to flourish in the ministry God has called them to.

Senior pastor brad hoffmann and licensed professional counselor Michael Todd Wilson work with pastors removed from their place of service. Great falls from ministry don't just happen either. The common experiences of these pastors revealed patterns that consistently contributed to burnout, ineffectiveness and moral failure.

Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers #ad - William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. HarperOne. Work through the exercises and reflections individually or in conversation with your peers, and you'll find yourself better equipped for the challenges of vocational ministry, and more conscious of the presence of God leading you on and restoring your soul.

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Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life

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Abingdon Press #ad - Calling & Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life #ad - HarperOne. The crossroad Publishing Company. William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. In calling & character, willimon lays out a clear and compelling picture of the pastoral life, one that will inform both those embarking on ordained ministry and those who have been in it for many years. Used book in Good Condition.

He lays out specific habits such as study, collegiality, and humor as the day-by-day means of following the difficult and dangerous, yet deeply rewarding, calling of a pastor.

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Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition

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Abingdon Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Willimon reject the idea that America is a Christian nation; instead, Christians should see themselves as "resident aliens" in a foreign land. Rather than try to convince others to change their ethics, Christians should model a new set of ethics that are grounded in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

According to hauerwas and willimon,  the role of Christians is not to transform government but to live lives that model the love of Christ. Used book in Good Condition. Twenty-five years after its first appearance, resident Aliens remains a prophetic vision of how the Church can regain its vitality, pretensions, reclaim its capacity to nourish souls, battle its malaise, and stand firmly against the illusions, and eroding values of today's world.

Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition #ad - William b Eerdmans Publishing Company. The crossroad Publishing Company. HarperOne. Stanley Hauerwas and William H. It argues that churches should focus on developing Christian life and community rather than attempting to reform secular culture. Only when the church enacts its scandalous Jesus-centered tradition will it truly be the body of Christ and transform the world.

Resident aliens discusses the nature of the church and its relationship to surrounding culture.

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