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Pastoral Ministry according to Paul: A Biblical Vision
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Pastoral Ministry according to Paul: A Biblical Vision

Author: Thompson, James W.
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ISBN: 0801031095 / 9780801031090
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Baker Academic
Release Date: 2006-02-01
Condition: New with remainder mark.
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"A splendid exegesis of Paul's theology with an eye on the present situation of the church, challenging Christians to a closer, more sensitive and attentive reading of Paul's letters.... I highly recommend this book for pastors, laypersons, and scholars."--Kyle Thomas Fever, Word & World
What is the ultimate purpose of pastoral ministry? What emphases and priorities should fuel the pursuit of this purpose? These are perennial questions engaged by pastors, the churches that employ them, and the seminaries that prepare them.
As a New Testament scholar who works at the intersection between biblical studies and practical ministry, James Thompson suggests that we need to recapture the theological foundation for understanding pastoral ministry. In this careful, contextual study of Pauline letters, Thompson draws out Paul's vision and purpose for his ministry. He concludes that the goal of pastoral ministry is "transforming the community of faith until it is 'blameless' at the coming of Christ." It is corporate, spiritual, and ethical growth that Paul focuses on, as opposed to the frequent contemporary focus on numerical growth and meeting the needs of individuals.
While recognizing the historical and cultural gap between Paul's ministry context and our own, Thompson nevertheless believes this vision of ministry has profound implications for us today. Going beyond the emphasis on pastoral roles and mere pragmatics of much of the "how to" literature, he offers suggestions for application that are rooted in the eschatological and ethical goals of Paul's vision of pastoral work.

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