There an assortment of pastoral ministry resources available that focus on the practical duties of pastors. There are not nearly enough that truly consider how theological truths define the pastor's roles and responsibilities. While the existing resources offer useful instruction, they often remove the biblical doctrine from the ministerial practice. This has led to many pastors not have the theological roots necessary to sustain their ministry.
Pastoral Theology presents a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is biblically based, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionally engaged, and contextually relevant. Incorporating traditional theological categories, the authors examine the correlation between evangelical doctrine and pastoral practice. Carefully integrating theology, they create a ministry philosophy that defines the pastoral office and determines its corresponding responsibilities in light of theological truth.
Aspiring pastors will be equipped with a theological understanding of the pastorate, and have the tools to discern and pursue their calling, challenge younger pastors to build on ministerial truth instead of ministerial trends, and inspire seasoned pastors to reinvigorate their passion for Christ and his church.
Section One: Trinitarian Foundation
- Theological: The Pastor and God's Character
- Christological: The Pastor and God's Champion
- Pneumatological: The Pastor and God's Companion
Section Two: Doctrinal Formulation
- Anthropological: The Pastor and God's Compassion
- Ecclesiological: The Pastor and God's Community
- Missiological: The Pastor and God's Commission
Section Three: Practical Facilitation
- Ministerial: The Pastor and God's Congregation
- Homiletical: The Pastor and God's Communication
- Familial: The Pastor and God's Covenant