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Product Details

  • Series: Work of the Church
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Judson Pr (September 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817017097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817017095
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan R. Rudnick, MDiv, is an American Baptist pastor, author, blogger, and social media practitioner. He is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, New York, and previously served in pastoral staff ministry for more than 10 years. In 2010-2011, Rudnick was a Fellow with the Lewis Center for Church Leadership housed at Wesley Theological Seminary.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMF on October 11, 2012
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I'm not even done with this book, and I must say it's nothing short of excellent. The book is general enough to address anyone in an associate role, yet the principles are timeless. You can't read this book in one sitting, speed-read, etc. - you'll miss too many fine points and the entire point of the book. While I disagree with some of Rudnick's denominational associations, I really do wish they had a book like this when I was back at Bible college!
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As I think back upon the 96 hours I amassed for my M.Div., I do not recall one time we discussed the calling "Associate Pastor." Sure, many of us, in the back of our minds, thought that, in all likelihood, we would find ourselves in an associate position eventually. Though conversations occasionally popped up, there was not a concerted effort to examine, explore, and extrapolate theological learning in the context of an associate.

And the blame is not to be placed upon any divinity school for not doing so.

Alan Rudnick in The Work of the Associate Pastor reminds me that this aspect of ministry and church life does not receive the same care and attention other positions receive. To be sure, all of us, educators, churches, and clergy, do not necessarily give Associate positions the attention they deserve. Rudnick helps start the conversation for both clergy and congregations, inviting them to imagine the potential an Associate can provide. With Rudnick we can see the Associate beyond the next rung on the corporate clergy ladder, to a fulfilling, life-long vocation.

If someone, especially young clergy, find themselves seeking an associate position they should read The Work of the Associate Pastor--but so should churches seeking associate positions. Rudnick helps both churches and clergy gain a better grasp of what the other should seek. Whether the handy questionares and charts, or the graphs of triangulation, this concise, though insightful, book helps all gain a better understanding of where we might find ourselves throughout discernment.

As I read Rudnick (disclaimer: I know him personally), I do wonder where reclaiming the work of the Associate will take the church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2013
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Very informative must read for all associate pastor's . Alan Rudnick helps out in all areas of ministry. Thank you
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Alan Rudnick has been featured on television, radio, print, and social media and serves as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa, NY. He has quickly established himself as a leader and commentator in the areas of faith, Christianity, ministry, and social media. Alan's writing has been featured with the Albany Times Union, The Christian Century, Associated Baptist Press, and The Fund of Theological Education. http://alanrudnick.org

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