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The Crucifixion of Ministry

Andrew Purves
The Crucifixion of Ministry
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The Crucifixion of Ministry

Andrew Purves

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What makes Christian ministry Christian?

Theologian Andrew Purves explores at the deepest level the true and essential nature of Christian ministry. By comparison, the way ministry is often approached, in practice and in training, is severely lacking and profoundly misleading. This misapprehension explains the crisis in pastoral work we currently face. Rooting our 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 our participation in his ministry today, even if it means we have to let Christ himself put to death our own ministries to which we cling so closely.

A radical appraisal for a critical malady affecting the life of the Christian church.

Table of Contents
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
-Publisher.

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What makes Christian ministry Christian?

Theologian Andrew Purves explores at the deepest level the true and essential nature of Christian ministry. By comparison, the way ministry is often approached, in practice and in training, is severely lacking and profoundly misleading. This misapprehension explains the crisis in pastoral work we currently face. Rooting our 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 our participation in his ministry today, even if it means we have to let Christ himself put to death our own ministries to which we cling so closely.

A radical appraisal for a critical malady affecting the life of the Christian church.

Table of Contents
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
-Publisher.


- Koorong

What makes Christian ministry Christian? Theologian Andrew Purves explores at the deepest level the true and essential nature of Christian ministry. By comparison, the way ministry is often approached, in practice and in training, is severely lacking and profoundly misleading. This misapprehension explains the crisis in pastoral work we currently face. Rooting our 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 our participation in his ministry today, even if it means we have to let Christ himself put to death our own ministries to which we cling so closely. A radical appraisal for a critical malady affecting the life of the Christian church. Market/Audience Pastors Students Features and Benefits Provides a clear-cut analysis of the nature of ministry that gets below the superficial critiques and moves beyond simplistic techniques A valuable resource for students starting out in Christian ministry An encouraging and even prophetic analysis of what's gone wrong so often in our contemporary approaches to Christian ministry
- Publisher

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.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Andrew Purves

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.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface
  • 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
  • Benediction
  • Case Studies For Reflection
  • Name Index
  • Scripture Index

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  • Catalogue Code 263192
  • Product Code 9780830834396
  • ISBN 0830834397
  • EAN 9780830834396
  • Pages 152
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category Church Leadership
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Oct 2007
  • Sales Rank #58448
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.204kg

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