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Introducing the Practice of Ministry Paperback – August 1, 2010
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The text is designed for those seeking to discern their call to ministry and helpful for those already in ministry positions as well as those in lay leadership positions who encourage or provide support for those considering graduate level theological education or already engaged in it. The first two chapters provide a solid framework for the Christian life and the last three offer a robust consideration of the practice of ministry, however, sandwiched between these is the book's greatest treasure: an exploration of the six practices of ministry.
In this middle chapter, Cahalan crafts six practices of ministry, which is based on Jesus' ministry and that of the early apostles and first ministers. For each practice, she identifies three charisms - one related to being, one related to knowing, and one related to doing.
If a book can be a verb, this is one. I have read it twice and it continues to change not only my thinking, values and attitudes, but actions that become a habit. It is in the practice that we become by grace what God is by nature.
I wish I had this book when I worked in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis's Education Office, or when I was on the Board of St. Meinrad Seminary, or Weston School of Theology Board. I would recommend this book as a place to start for all who have been Baptized. Vocation has a voice through this book.
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Good helpful introduction and overview with Scriptural principles behind it.Published 8 months ago by Jim Gimbel
Accessible and insightful. Cahalan offers informed theory and practical guidance for emergent pastoral ministers. I used it in my Intro to Pastoral Ministry very successfully.Published 15 months ago by Christie Billups, D.Min.