Author(s): Keith Condie
To oversee Christ's flock is 'a noble task' but also a difficult task. The responsibilities and expectations of the job are numerous and weighty. Skills in leadership and management, the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of settings, the need to be a competent listener and counsellor - these things and more are required of those who exercise pastoral oversight, even of a small congregation.
And as pastors seek resources to assist them in their vocation, it is no wonder that many have found great benefit from the insights of the social sciences. The problem, however, is the seeming lack of connection between the doctrine and exegesis of the Scriptures on the one hand, and the theology and practice of ministry on the other.
The chapters that follow do not claim to offer an extensive critique or response to this issue. Rather, as they address some of its aspects, each reflects the belief that authentic pastoral ministry is grounded in the ministry of the word of God.
Each chapter was first delivered as a lecture at the 2015 School of Theology held at Moore Theological College.
The contributors are Lionel Windsor, Peter Orr, Mark Thompson, David Peterson and Keith Condie.