The Crucifixion of Ministry
As a pastor, do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you try, nothing much seems to change?That is because the ministries themselves are not redemptive--they are not up to you. Only Jesus' ministry is redemptive. Jesus has...
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As a pastor, do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you try, nothing much seems to change?That is because the ministries themselves are not redemptive--they are not up to you. Only Jesus' ministry is redemptive. Jesus has to "show up."Theologian Andrew Purves explores at the deepest level the true and essential nature of Christian ministry. He says that the attempt to be an effective minister is a major problem. Ministers are "in the way." He radically claims that ministries need to be crucified. They need to be killed off so that Christ can make them live.Rooting church service in Christ's own continuing ministry, Purves provides a vision for students and practicing clergy to reclaim the vital connection between Christ and participation in his ministry today, even if it means letting Christ put to death the ministries to which pastors cling so closely.A radical appraisal for a critical malady affecting the life of the Christian church written in plain, down-to-earth language.
Andrew Purves (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) holds the Hugh Thomson Kerr Chair in Pastoral Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books including The Resurrection of Ministry(InterVarsity Press, 2010); The Crucifixion of Ministry (InterVarsity Press, 2007); Reconstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Foundation (WJK, 2004); A Passion for the Gospel: Confessing Jesus Christ for the 21st Century (with Mark Achtemeier, Geneva 2000); Encountering God: Christian Faith in Turbulent Times (with Charles Partee, WJK 2000); Union in Christ: A Declaration for the Church (with Mark Achtemeier, Witherspoon 1999), and The Search for Compassion: Spirituality and Ministry (WJK 1989).
Purves has a deep concern for the renewal of the church, and speaks regularly around the country on matters of theological and spiritual renewal.
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- As A Pastor, Do You Ever Get The Feeling That No Matter What You Try, Nothing Much Seems To Change?that Is Because The Ministries Themselves Are Not Redemptive--they Are Not Up To You. Only Jesus' Ministry Is Redemptive. Jesus Has To "show Up."theologian Andrew Purves Explores At The Deepest Level The True And Essential Nature Of Christian Ministry. He Says That The Attempt To Be An Effective Minister Is A Major Problem. Ministers Are "in The Way." He Radically Claims That Ministries Need To Be Crucified. They Need To Be Killed Off So That Christ Can Make Them Live.rooting Church Service In Christ's Own Continuing Ministry, Purves Provides A Vision For Students And Practicing Clergy To Reclaim The Vital Connection Between Christ And Participation In His Ministry Today, Even If It Means Letting Christ Put To Death The Ministries To Which Pastors Cling So Closely.a Radical Appraisal For A Critical Malady Affecting The Life Of The Christian Church Written In Plain, Down-to-earth Language.
- Introduction: Has God Killed Your Ministry Yet?
- 1. What's In A Name?
- 2. Who Are You, Lord And What Are You Up To? Ministry Is Who God Is And What God Does
- 3. The Crucifixion Of Ministry: Christ In Our Place
- 4. Getting In On Christ's Ministry: Union With Christ
- 5. Having Hitched A Ride: Ministry Today
- Case Studies For Reflection
- Name Index
- Scripture Index