In Exploring Practices of Ministry, Pamela and Michael Cooper-White share insights from their extensive experience as parish ministers, church agency executives, and seminary educators in diverse multicultural and international contexts. Pamela, an Episcopal priest who teaches pastoral theology, care, and counseling, is also a pastoral psychotherapist with an extensive clinical background. Michael, a Lutheran pastor and seminary president, is also a pilot and flight instructor and has served as a chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol.
The authors share their wisdom with seminarians and other readers seeking to deepen theological reflection and expand skills as ministry practitioners. Exploring Practices of Ministry is helpful for anyone who engages in preaching and public speaking, teaching, leading liturgies, conducting ceremonies, counseling and offering pastoral support for persons undergoing life transitions, and serving as organizational leaders in congregations, chaplaincies, social ministries, and the public arena.
What do pastors do? Michael and Pamela Cooper-White provide a guided tour to the practices of ministry that answers this question. They make a compelling case that these practices are best engaged with a pastoral theology that unites them into patterns of meaning rather than as disjointed sets of skills.
—Daniel O. Aleshire, executive director, Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
Pamela Cooper-White is the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is author of The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church’s Response and Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective.
Michael Cooper-White is the president of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. He has led the school through multiple transitions, including the creation of the award-winning Seminary Ridge Museum. He teaches and writes about church administration and leadership and is a consultant to churches in Central and South America. He is also a pilot and certified flight instructor. Cooper-White is a regular columnist with Lutheran magazine.