: Pastoral ministry today is often ruled by an emphasis on short-sighted goals, pragmatic results, and shallow thinking. Unfortunately, those in the academy tend to have the opposite problem, failing to connect theological study to the pressing issues facing the...
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Pastoral ministry today is often ruled by an emphasis on short-sighted goals, pragmatic results, and shallow thinking. Unfortunately, those in the academy tend to have the opposite problem, failing to connect theological study to the pressing issues facing the church today. Contemporary evangelicalism has lost sight of the inherent connection between pastoral leadership and theology. This results in theologically anemic churches, and ecclesial anemic theologies.
Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand contend that among a younger generation of evangelical pastors and theologians, there is a growing appreciation for the native connection between theology and pastoral ministry. At the heart of this recovery of a theological vision for ministry is the re-emergence of the role of the ?pastor-theologian.?
The Pastor-Theologian presents a taxonomy of the pastor-theologian and shows how individual pastors?given their unique calling and gift-set?can best embody this age-old vocation in the 21st century. They present three models that combine theological study and practical ministry to the church:
The Local Theologian?a pastor-theologian who ably services the theological needs of a local congregation.
The Popular Theologian?a pastor-theologian who writes theology to a wider lay audience.
The Ecclesial Theologian?a pastor-theologian who writes theology to other theologians and scholars.
Raising the banner for the pastor as theologian, this book invites the emerging generation of theologians and pastors to reimagine the pastoral vocation along theological lines, and to identify with one of the above models of the pastor-theologian.
Todd Wilson (Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Cambridge) is responsible for teaching and training adults at College Church, Wheaton Illinois. This includes our adult communities, mens and womens ministries, and several other opportunities for learning and growth. He joined the staff at College Church in September 2005, and is an adjunct instructor in biblical studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia (Mohr-Siebeck), Paul's Life and Letters (Lion Publishing), and coeditor (with Leland Ryken) of Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching: In Honor of Dr. R. Kent Hughes (Crossway). Todd and his wife, Katie, have three children. -Editorial Review.
GERALD HIESTAND (MA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior associate pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, and currently serves as president of the Society for the Advancement of Ecclesial Theology.JAY S. THOMAS (ThM, MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of Chapel Hill Bible Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
- :introduction:why Pastor-theologians? Chapter 1pastor Or Theologian? A Modern Identity Crisis Chapter 2the Great Divorce: How Did It Happen? Part 1:the Local Theologian Chapter 3resourcing The Congregation Chapter 4the Contemplative Pastor: Eugene Peterson (c. 1980)part 2:the Popular Theologian Chapter 5influencing The Masses Chapter 6the Evangelical Statesman: John Stott (c. 2000)part 3:the Ecclesial Theologian Chapter 7 Engaging The Theologians Chapter 8the Bishop And Scholar: N. T. Wright (c. 2009) Conclusion: The Future Of A Movement