Ministry in Three Dimensions
For many generations training for leadership has played little part in training for ordained ministry, and many priests today are skeptical of the language of secular leadership strategies. Stephen Croft explores a three-stranded approach to ordained leadership: service, eldership, and...
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For many generations training for leadership has played little part in training for ordained ministry, and many priests today are skeptical of the language of secular leadership strategies. Stephen Croft explores a three-stranded approach to ordained leadership: service, eldership, and oversight. He traces these through the Old and New Testaments and throughout Christian history. Bringing the insights he finds to bear on the present-day situation with its new challenges, he provides a model for ministry for the future which is relevant across all denominations.
"In Ministry in Three Dimensions, Steven Croft outlines the challenges - greater geographical and social mobility, and older, smaller congregations, for example - that today's society presents to the churches, explaining that models of mission and ministry which were once perfectly adequate no longer work in this new situation." "The author identifies some of the potentially harmful ways in which attempts have been made to meet these new challenges, suggesting the use of secular management models as one such false trail. Far better and more fruitful is to recover a biblically-based understanding of ministry. In scripture and through Church history he explores the three dimensions of ministry indicated by three different Greek words found in the New Testament: diakonia, presbyteros and episcope, uncovering the rich tradition surrounding what it means to be an ordained leader in the Church." "Ministry in Three Dimensions is particularly aimed at those considering ordination, those already in training for the ministry and existing clergy or ministers, especially those who are reflecting on their ministry at the time of an appraisal, review, or when changing posts. It is also relevant to the wider Church as part of an ongoing debate about the nature of ordained ministry in the context of a Church in mission. It is suitable for individuals and group study."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
This is an examination of leadership in a local church context. Biblically based it is ideal for discussion and aimed at all those involved in clergy training and ordained ministers across all denominations.
Steven Croft is a former Archbishop's Missioner and the first Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. He became the Bishop of Sheffield in 2009. He is the author of many acclaimed books including Jesus' People: What the Church should do next and editor of Mission-shaped Questions. Steven is the co-creator of the Emmaus: The Way of Faith course.