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By William H. Willimon

Ordained ministry, says Willimon, is a present of God to the church--but that does not suggest that it is simple. constantly a tough vocation, adjustments in society and the church in recent times have made the ordained lifestyles the entire extra complicated and demanding. Is the pastor essentially a preacher, a certified caregiver, an administrator? Given the decision of all Christians to be ministers to the realm, what's the specified 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 particular moral responsibilities and disciplines of the ordained? during this ebook, Willimon explores those and different principal questions about 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, the specific roles the pastor needs to satisfy. The ebook additionally attracts on nice academics 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 identical.

Ordained ministry is a vocation to which we're known as, no longer a career that we elect. to respond to that decision is to open oneself to heartache and infrequently complication; but, given the one that calls, it truly is to make oneself to be had to deep and profound pleasure as well.

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