Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry by Stephen Pickard

By Stephen Pickard

This e-book examines the theological foundations of a collaborative method of Christian ministry. the invention that Christians are participants 'one of one other' creates strength and pleasure in ministry and empowers the Church in an age of venture. Outlining the current demanding situations for ministry, Stephen Pickard deals an ancient standpoint on ministry during the last century; develops a conception of collaborative ministry in line with a discussion among theology and technological know-how; and explores a few implications of collaborative ministry for lay and ordained humans of the Church. This e-book breaks new flooring in its concept of collaborative ministry via a discussion with the sciences of emergence. It additionally deals clean insights on vital texts in ministry; relationships among Christology, Pneumatology and ministry; a relational ontology of ministry; episcopacy, ecumenism, ordination vows; and knowledge for workforce ministry.

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Cross (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974). One result of this is that orders per se evidence a degree of fluidity over time. 43 For a discussion of the emergence of the notion of laity relation to the clergy see Chapter 8. 44 See the discussion in Chapter 10. 45 See the early twentieth-century catalyst for this perspective, Arnold van Gennep, The Rites of Passage, trans. B. L. Caffee (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960). 46 It can appear as the poor victim lying at the side of the road waiting for a kind Samaritan to come by, tend its wounds and restore it to life.

Such a conception is not unproblematic as the experience of Pentecostalism has shown, where charismatic leaders have exercised excessive authority over the community and\or communities of faith simply fail to heed wise counsel. Nor does this approach necessarily resolve the matter of the relationship between the ministries within the organizational life of the presently constituted Christian churches. What this construal of the relation between church and ministry draws attention to is the agency of the Spirit as the giver of charisms for ministry.

P. 215. 66 See discussions in Martin, The Feminist Question, p. 95, who also considers office pertaining to the gifts of ministry (p. 108); Arthur G. Patzia, The Emergence of the Church (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001), pp. 180–83, who refers to the relation between the ministries as a ‘series of interlocking and overlapping circles rather than a row of separate entities’. ’67 Modern ecumenical dialogues on ministry do not conform exactly to this pattern. Typically the question of ministry is set within the wider context of Church, followed by reflection on ordained ministries (Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry is somewhat of a prototype of such forms).

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