Ministry by the Book Paperback

New Testament Patterns for Pastoral Leadership

by Derek Tidball

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Ministry by the Book

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The New Testament writers set before us a number of models of ministry, each of which is shaped by the particular needs of the churches they were serving. Their own backgrounds, ambitions and passions also contribute to what they have to say about ministry. The contours of New Testament pastoral leadership, inspired by the Holy Spirit, exhibit a genuine diversity that finds its unity in Christ and his gospel.

Derek Tidball provides a comprehensive survey of these models and patterns. By 'ministry', he has in mind primarily 'full-time' or 'professional' ministry, although his analysis is relevant to others who exercise ministry on a more occasional basis. For Tidball, the terms 'ministry' and 'leadership', or 'pastoral leadership', are interchangeable. His main focus in this volume is on pastoral leadership within local churches or groups of churches.

Tidball's survey offers 'models of permission' that enable a freer approach to ministry and the way it is conducted, challenges the stunted understanding of ministry that can often characterize our churches today, and gives encouragement to those who do not fit a 'ministry by numbers' approach.

Well-grounded in the relevant scholarship, Tidball's fresh engagement with the biblical texts, stimulating analysis and wise application will be of value to all who are established in pastoral leadership, or training for it.

Ministry by the Book by Derek Tidball was published by Intervarsity Press in November 2008 and is our 18253rd best seller. The ISBN for Ministry by the Book is 9781844743285.

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"This book adds a needed injection into the discussion of the nature of the church and its leadership models in the 21st century. Many churches and pastors tend to be rigidly model orientated, even emerging churches. Tidball offers 'models of permission' that enable a freer approach to ministry and the way it is conducted. He provides a refreshingly 'multi-colored not monochrome' picture of ministry." - Ross Hastings, Regent College, Vancouver

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Details for Ministry by the Book

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (November 2008)
Number of Pages288
Thickness23 mm
Height232 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code1239458
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