Pastor as Minor Poet Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life

ISBN-10: 0802829627
ISBN-13: 9780802829627
Edition: 2008
Authors: Craig M. Barnes
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Description: Todays pastors often expected to be multitasking marvels who can make their churches "successful" are understandably confused about their role. Craig Barnes contends that the true calling of a pastor is to assist others in becoming fully alive in  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 154
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Todays pastors often expected to be multitasking marvels who can make their churches "successful" are understandably confused about their role. Craig Barnes contends that the true calling of a pastor is to assist others in becoming fully alive in Christ to be a "minor poet." The pastor absorbs the wisdom of major poets the biblical poets as well as the churchs theological poets and distills its essence for parishioners. / The Pastor as Minor Poet calls pastors to continually search for a deeper, truer understanding of what they see both in the text of Scripture and in the text of their parishioners' lives. Discerning the subtexts beneath these texts reveals the core truths that allow pastors to preach the heart of the Word and to understand the hearts of the people to whom they minister. Written with a seasoned pastors depth of understanding and a poet's sensibility and sensitivity, this book will minister to and inspire pastors everywhere.

M. Craig Barnes (PhD, University of Chicago) is Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and senior pastor at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.He is a former senior pastor of the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. His books include Searching for Home: Spirituality for Restless Souls, An Extravagant Mercy: Reflections on Ordinary Things, Sacred Thirst: Finding God in the Desert of Our Longings and Hustling God: Why We Work So Hard for What God Wants to Give . Barnes is also the author of numerous published articles and is a speaker at seminary and church events.

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