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Calling & Character

Paperback|Oct 2000
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One of the casualties in our culture wars over shifting definitions of ethical behavior ahs been the ability to think clearly about the relation of one's character to the performance of one's job. This has been especially the case in...


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One of the casualties in our culture wars over shifting definitions of ethical behavior ahs been the ability to think clearly about the relation of one's character to the performance of one's job. This has been especially the case in recent debates over clergy misconduct, where much has been said on what point they should do so. Yet, as William H. Willimon points out, a far more fundamental set of questions goes unasked. When, at ordination, clergy commit themselves to live an exemplary Christian life,what particular perspective and habits must they develop if this commitment is to survive the strain of a lifetime of ministry? Waht are the expectations they must have regarding the consequences of failure to live up to their commitments? Willimon lays out a clear and compelling picture of the pastorial life, one that will inform both those embarking on ordained ministry and those who have been in it for many years. He lays our specific habits such as study, collegiality, and humor as the day-to-day means of following the difficult and dangerous, yet deeply rewarding, calling of pastor.
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In "Calling & Character", Willimon lays out a clear, compelling picture of the pastoral life, one that can inform both those embarking on ordained ministry and those who have been in it for many years. 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.
-Publisher

In Calling & Character, Willimon lays out a clear and compelling picture ofthe pastoral life, one that will inform both those embarking on ordained ministryand those who have been in it for many years. He lays out specific habits such asstudy, collegiality, and humor as the day-by-day means of following the difficultand dangerous, yet deeply rewarding, calling of a pastor.
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William H Willimon

William H. Willimon is Presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area of The United Methodist Church. Prior to his current position he served for twenty years as Professor of Christian Ministry and Dean of Duke University Chapel. He is the author of fifty books and over a million copies of his books have been sold including Sighing for Eden: Sin, Evil, and the Christian Faith, Thank God It's Friday, Conversations with Barth on Preaching, Proclamation and Theology, Sinning Like a Christian, Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry and Proclamation And Theology: Horizons in Theology Series (Horizons in Theology)His articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship, and Christianity Today. His Pulpit Resource is used each week by over eight thousand pastors in the U.S.A., Canada, and Australia. He was selected in a Baylor University survey as one of the "Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World."

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