|Throughout some 500 years of life as a people, Anabaptist-
Mennonites have pioneered their own understandings and practices of
pastoral ministry, rooted in their understandings of the teachings of
Jesus and the Bible. Now in these 14 chapters, writers who have
dedicated themselves to studying and teaching pastoral ministry reflect
on what can be learned from viewing ministry in Anabaptist perspective.
Pondering Anabaptist understandings of such images of the pastor as
shepherd, teacher, healer, prophet as well as such issues as
leadership, authority, ecclesiology, improvisation, and much more, the
authors both affirm the resources for pastoral ministry found in the
Anabaptist tradition and suggest areas for growth. They value, for
example, the concern for servanthood often found in Anabaptist views of
pastoring even as they seek to regain for pastors an authority
sometimes lost when servant leadership is overemphasized.
volume will be useful to those with Anabaptist roots interested in
rigorous reflection on ministry as understood within their tradition-
and also to those rooted in other traditions intrigued by what can be
learned from the unique vantage point offered by Anabaptism.
Copyright 2004 Cascadia Publishing House.