Saint Paul as Spiritual Director (Paternoster Biblical Monographs Series)
Copan's book is An Analysis of the Imitation of Paul with Implications and Applications to the Practice of Spiritual Direction. In recent years much has been written on spiritual direction. However, confusion and at times outright contradiction exists between the...
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Copan's book is An Analysis of the Imitation of Paul with Implications and Applications to the Practice of Spiritual Direction. In recent years much has been written on spiritual direction. However, confusion and at times outright contradiction exists between the aims and methodologies of various models of Christian spiritual direction. In order to develop solid criteria for evaluating and critiquing these models it is necessary to root the practice of spiritual direction in the biblical record. The intention of this study is to provide such biblical moorings by examining the Apostle Paul as a case study in his function as a spiritual directorwith respect to his aims and praxis of spiritually forming the members of the congregations he founded.
Victor Copan is Associate Professor of Ministry, Leadership and Biblical Studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida. M.A., M.Div., Trinity International University; Th.D., University of Vienna.Dr. Copan served for over 15 years as a missionary in Austria. He partnered with the established Protestant church in Austria and worked as a church-growth consultant, small-groups specialist and minister to theology students. He developed training programs and curricula for small group leaders across Austria. In addition, he was on the national board of The Alpha Course for Austria, and was involved in training and consulting for Alpha in the eastern half of Austria.Dr. Copan also established a thriving ministry to theology students at the University of Vienna, and was an independent instructor at the Protestant Institute of Theology at the University of Vienna. He received a Th.D from the University of Vienna. His dissertation was titled, "Pauline Imitation and the Contemporary Practice of Spiritual Direction" and explored the Apostle Paul as a spiritual director.From 1996 to 2003, he was on the steering committee for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students' annual European Theological Students' Conference held at Schloss Mittersill, Austria. He also initiated and was on the editorial board of Biblische Information Theologie Studierende (BITS), a booklet series for theological students in the German-speaking world aimed at presenting an evangelical approach to key theological issues.