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Classical Pastoral Care: Becoming a Minister
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Classical Pastoral Care: Becoming a Minister


Baker 1987

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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.

Product Details

  • Title: Classical Pastoral Care: Becoming a Minister
  • Author: Thomas C. Oden
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 192

About Thomas C. Oden

Thomas C. Oden is Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology at the Theological School, Drew University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.