Ministry in Three Dimensions

Ministry in Three Dimensions
Author: Steven Croft
Publsiher: Darton Longman and Todd
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2008
Genre: Christian leadership
ISBN: 0232527431

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In Ministry in Three Dimensions, Steven Croft outlines the challenges - greater geographical and social mobility, and older, smaller congregations, for example - that today’s society presents to the churches, explaining that models of mission and ministry which were once perfectly adequate no longer work in this new situation.The author identifies some of the potentially harmful ways in which attempts have been made to meet these new challenges, suggesting the use of secular management models as one such false trail. Far better and more fruitful is to recover a biblically-based understanding of ministry.In scripture and through Church history he explores the dimensions of ministry indicated by three different Greek words found in the New Testament: diakonia, presbyteros and episcope, uncovering the rich tradition surrounding what it means to be an ordained leader in the Church.Steven Croft draws out insights from which a new, relevant understanding of ordained ministry can be built across the denominations, and explores how to put these insights into practice, suggesting ways in which each minister can balance the three dimensions in their own setting.

You are the Messiah and I should know

You are the Messiah and I should know
Author: Justin Lewis-Anthony
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-04-11
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781441197078

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Every human endeavour, from a primary school to the government, needs leadership. The Church believes itself to have a clear understanding of what constitutes Christian leadership, but advocates of leadership have been unable to give a clear, concise and universally accepted definition of the term. Justin Lewis-Anthony argues that our understanding of both secular ('managerial') and religious ('missional') leadership has been fatally compromised by the unconscious functioning of 'mythic' leadership, presented through the medium of the dominant culture of our own day, popular Hollywood film. We describe our leaders as if they should be collaborative, enabling, saints and/or expect them to show our enemies who is boss. We search for the 'great man' who will rescue us from all our problems through redemptive violence - within the Church, we talk about Jesus Christ but we expect John Wayne. This book shows how leadership is, at best, a 'contested concept' and at worst a dangerous, violent and totalitarian heresy.

Kingdom Learning

Kingdom Learning
Author: David Heywood
Publsiher: SCM Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-07-05
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780334054825

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Drawing on the discipline of adult education and his own research into the way people learn, David Heywood explains how churches can become learning communities in which people grow as disciples and find their place in a collaborative pattern of ministry.

Christianity in 3D

Christianity in 3D
Author: Larry Hart
Publsiher: Truth Aflame Press
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2015-01-04
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780986278600

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An invitation to vital Christianity through an exploration of the practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the preaching, teaching, and healing ministry of Christ through His Body, the church. Praise for Christianity in 3D The Word, the Spirit, and the Community of Faith guide Hart’s heart in this endeavor. The reader will discover a God of infinite dimensions who desires to redeem, transform, and empower us and to involve us in the work of his kingdom—preaching, teaching, and healing. Hart as an author is a scholar and an evangelist. His commitment to truth and his passion for souls merge in this volume. Indeed truth is aflame here! —Dr. Thomson Mathew, Dean, College of Theology and Ministry, Oral Roberts University The life of faith is not supposed to be a dental appointment interrupted every now and again by falling asleep. Dr. Larry Hart calls us to put on the right glasses, turn them on and watch the adventure leap off the screen. Hart is a bold heart! And he summons us into the fray. A terrific book—if you’re not afraid of 3D! —Dr. Mark Rutland, Founder and President of Global Servants, Founder and Director of the National Institute of Christian Leadership Larry Hart of Oral Roberts University is one the most cheerful and positive Christians I have ever known. His new book, Christianity in 3D, glows with his personality and his joyful love of theology. A very good writer, Hart connects with the reader with a most readable summary of just who God is. If you love the Lord, you will love this book. —Dr. Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus, Regent University School of Divinity

Inferior Office

Inferior Office
Author: Francis Young
Publsiher: ISD LLC
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2015-04-30
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780227903711

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In spite of the centrality of the threefold orders of bishop, priest and deacon to Anglicanism, deacons have been virtually invisible in the contemporary Church of England. 'Inferior Office?' is the first complete history of this neglected portion of theclergy, tracing the church's changing theology of the diaconate from the Ordinal of 1550 to the present day. Francis Young skilfully overturns the widely held belief that before the twentieth century, the diaconate was merely a brief and nominal period of probation for priests, revealing how it became an integral part of the Elizabethan defence of conformity and exploring the diverse range of ministries assumed by lifelong deacons in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lifelong deacons often belonged to a marginalised 'lower class' of the clergy that has since been forgotten, an oversight of considerable importance to the wider social history of the clergy that is corrected in this volume. 'Inferior Office?' tells the story of persistent calls for the revival of a distinctive diaconate within the Victorian Church of England and situates the institution of deaconesses and later revival of the distinctive diaconate for women, as well as subsequent developments, within their wider historical context. Set against this backdrop, Young presents a balanced case both for and against the further development of a distinctive diaconate today, offering much to further discussion and debate amongst clergy of the Church of England and all those with an interest in the rich tapestry of its history.

The Future of the Parish System

The Future of the Parish System
Author: Steven Croft
Publsiher: Church House Publishing
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2010-05-05
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780715142271

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This timely, multi-faceted book by a collection of leading thinkers and practitioners provides church leaders with the resources to re-imagine church and ministry in the twenty-first century. Looking at both traditional forms of church and fresh expressions, this wide-ranging book offers invaluable historical, psychological, sociological and theological perspectives on the parish system. Leading thinkers outline the challenges facing the Church, present suggestions for areas for development, and set out principles for future growth.

Authentic Worship

Authentic Worship
Author: Herbert W. Bateman
Publsiher: Kregel Academic
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2022
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0825493668

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An authoritative new look at one of the most contentious and potentially divisive areas of church planning--worship styles and preferences.

Challenging to change

Challenging to change
Author: Pieter J. Lalleman
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2020-09-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781725287693

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On 13 May 2009 Dr Nigel G. Wright celebrated his sixtieth birthday. For this occasion friends and colleagues presented him with a Festschrift which reflects his career as a radical baptist leader and theologian. Over the past decades he has played a leading role in the Baptist movement in Britain and worldwide. The contributors to Challenging to change: dialogues with a radical baptist theologian interact with aspects of Wright’s activities and writings so far. The spelling of baptist with a small b in the subtitle of this book reflects Wright’s own usage: baptist refers to the broader tradition of believers’ churches stemming from the radical wing of the European Reformation to which not only ‘Baptist’ churches belong but also Anabaptist, Brethren, Pentecostals, Restorationists and others. This book makes a valuable contribution to the thinking of all baptists about issues such as ministry, Church and state, church planting and evangelical identity. In particular pastors, other church leaders and students will profit hugely from it - and they will be encouraged to pick up Nigel Wright’s own books.