Classical Pastoral Care, Volume 1

Becoming a Minister

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Classic Pastoral Care provides a topical arrangement of passages from classic Christian writings offering guidance on all major topics of pastoral theology. The four-volume set features writings from more than two hundred notable Christian authors--from Abelard and Ambrose to Isaac Watts and Zwingli--arranged in thirty topical sections.

Volume one, Becoming a Minister, is concerned with the person and self-understanding of the caregiver. It discusses the call to the caring office, the way this inner sense of calling is affirmed in ordination, orders of ministry, set-apartness, and the shepherding metaphor. This is followed by discussions of authorization to servant ministry; the purpose of ministry; the relation of the general ministry of the whole church to the sacred or ordained ministry; the orders of diakonos, presbuteros, episkopos; women in ministry; and preparation for ministry through study and spiritual formation.


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  1. Thomas C. Oden

    Thomas C. Oden

    Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016; PhD, Yale University) was Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics Emeritus at Drew University. He authored or edited many books, including After Modernity--What? and Classical Pastoral Care. Oden also served...

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