While many pastoral ministry books focus on the practical duties of the pastor, few works actually consider how theological truth defines the pastor's role and responsibilities. These pragmatic ministry tools, though instructionally beneficial, essentially divorce biblical doctrine from ministerial practice....
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While many pastoral ministry books focus on the practical duties of the pastor, few works actually consider how theological truth defines the pastor's role and responsibilities. These pragmatic ministry tools, though instructionally beneficial, essentially divorce biblical doctrine from ministerial practice. As a result, pastors' lives and ministries often lack the theological roots that provide the stability and nourishment necessary to sustain them.
Pastoral Theology constructs a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is biblically derived, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionally engaged, and contextually relevant. By using traditional theological categories the authors explore the correlation between evangelical doctrine and pastoral practice. Through careful theological integration they formulate a ministry philosophy that defines the pastoral office and determines its corresponding responsibilities in light of theological truth.
The authors provide a theological understanding of the pastorate that will equip aspiring pastors to discern and pursue their calling, challenge younger pastors to build on ministerial truth instead of ministerial trends, and inspire seasoned pastors to be reinvigorated in their passion for Christ and his church.
R. Scott Pace is the Rev. A. E. and Dora Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry and chair of the Christian and Cross-Cultural Ministry Department at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK.
Dr. Daniel L. Akin (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) became the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004, and also serves as Professor of Preaching and Theology. He has also authored numerous articles and several books including Epistles of John (New American Commentary); Song of Solomon (Holman Bible Commentary), and God on Sex.
- <div>while Many Pastoral Ministry Books Focus On The Practical Duties Of The Pastor, Few Works Actually Consider How Theological Truth Defines The Pastor's Role And Responsibilities. These Pragmatic Ministry Tools, Though Instructionally Beneficial, Essentially Divorce Biblical Doctrine From Ministerial Practice. As A Result, Pastors' Lives And Ministries Often Lack The Theological Roots That Provide The Stability And Nourishment Necessary To Sustain Them.<br> <br> <i>pastoral Theology</i> Constructs A Theological Framework For Pastoral Ministry That Is Biblically Derived, Historically Informed, Doctrinally Sound, Missionally Engaged, And Contextually Relevant. By Using Traditional Theological Categories The Authors Explore The Correlation Between Evangelical Doctrine And Pastoral Practice. Through Careful Theological Integration They Formulate A Ministry Philosophy That Defines The Pastoral Office And Determines Its Corresponding Responsibilities In Light Of Theological Truth.<br> <br> The Authors Provide A Theological Understanding Of The Pastorate That Will Equip Aspiring Pastors To Discern And Pursue Their Calling, Challenge Younger Pastors To Build On Ministerial Truth Instead Of Ministerial Trends, And Inspire Seasoned Pastors To Be Reinvigorated In Their Passion For Christ And His Church. <br></div>