By William H. Willimon
Ordained ministry, says Willimon, is a present of God to the church--but that does not suggest that it's easy. continuously a tough vocation, alterations in society and the church in recent times have made the ordained lifestyles all of the extra advanced and hard. Is the pastor essentially a preacher, a qualified caregiver, an administrator? Given the decision of all Christians to be ministers to the area, what's the certain ministry of the ordained? while does one's ministry tackle the nature of prophet, and whilst does it turn into that of priest? What are the specified moral duties and disciplines of the ordained? during this e-book, Willimon explores those and different vital questions on the vocation of ordained ministry.
He starts with a dialogue of who pastors are, asking in regards to the theological underpinnings of ordained ministry, after which strikes directly to what pastors do, taking a look at the distinct roles the pastor needs to satisfy. The publication additionally attracts on nice lecturers of the Christian culture to illustrate that, whereas a lot approximately Christian ministry has replaced, its middle concerns--preaching the notice, the care of souls, the sacramental lifetime of congregations--remains an analogous.
Ordained ministry is a vocation to which we're known as, now not a occupation that we elect. to respond to that decision is to open oneself to heartache and infrequently difficulty; but, given the person who calls, it's to make oneself to be had to deep and profound pleasure as well.
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The rancher’s . . ”18 The pastor who cannot delegate, who cannot work well with a church staff, who insists on being the sole proprietor of all ministry of the congregation, who does not use time well, is not only a poor manager but also theologically confused. Skillful administration by a pastor is important in order that a pastor may quickly perform the more mundane management duties of the job and get on to more invigorating activities such as reading books, preparing sermons, visiting the sick, counseling the troubled, and being in prayer.
We must join with the laity in asking, Are we in need of managers or leaders, or some creative combination of both? Is our church most in need of reconcilers of warring factions, or do we need those who can provoke conflict, change, and renewal? Do we need those who help keep the present system functioning, or do we need those who enter the fray in order to disrupt the present system? My hunch is that my particular ecclesiastical family is in dire need of the latter. We are a graying, moribund, overly organized system that badly needs disruption from new ideas, younger people, and greater attentiveness to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
But mostly I was feeling called. ” And I believed him. Gradually I gained the courage to tell people that I was going to “try seminary”, maybe just for a year. My days at Yale Divinity School, my courses there, my positive experiences in field work in an inner-city parish, all confirmed my sense of vocation. Wonder of wonders, all evidence to the contrary, even against the advice of some reliable friends, God was calling me into the pastoral ministry. ” Family and friends were there, even a couple of my old Sunday school teachers.
Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry by William H. Willimon