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Pastor Paul: Nurturing a culture of Christoformity in the Church

Pastor Paul: Nurturing a culture of Christoformity in the Church
With careful exegesis of Paul's world, Paul's letters and our own world, McKnight shows how pastoral ministry in the spirit of Paul is focused on nurturing a culture of corporate Christlikeness. It is full of wisdom concerning critical aspects of both Pauline and contemporary pastoral ministry, and will help form pastoral ministry and faithful ministers of the gospel and of churches.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781587434266
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Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Author: Scot McKnight
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This book is part of the series 'Theological explorations for the Church Catholic'. It is in eight chapters that explore a range of cultures within the church, beginning with Pastors as Culture Makers. The following chapters explore the culture of Friendship, of Siblings, of Generosity; of Storytellers; of Witness; of World Subversion, and of Wisdom. It concludes with final thoughts on Nurturing Christoformity. Being a pastor is a complicated calling. Pastors are often pulled in multiple directions and must 'become all things to all people' (1 Cor. 9:22). What does the New Testament say (or not say) about the pastoral calling? And what can we learn about it from the apostle Paul? According to popular New Testament scholar Scot McKnight, pastoring must begin first and foremost with spiritual formation, which plays a vital role in the life and ministry of the pastor. As leaders, pastors both create and nurture culture in a church. The biblical vision for that culture is Christoformity, or Christlikeness. Grounding pastoral ministry in the pastoral praxis of the apostle Paul, McKnight shows that nurturing Christoformity was at the heart of the Pauline mission. The pastor's central calling, then, is to mediate Christ in everything. McKnight explores seven dimensions that illustrate this concept--friendship, siblings, generosity, storytelling, witness, subverting the world, and wisdom--as he calls pastors to be conformed to Christ and to nurture a culture of Christoformity in their churches. The author says that he has no desire (or ability) to tell pastors how to do their job and no new ideas. Rather, his interest is to explain what pastoring was for Paul and to shed light on pastoring in a way consistent with Paul. The book is hardback, in eight chapters and 253pp.
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