The Shape of Practical Theology Paperback

Empowering Ministry with Theological Praxis

by Ray S. Anderson;

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The Shape of Practical Theology

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Too often in the life of the church, theological reflection and the practical matters of leading and serving have been considered independently. The result has been the impoverishment of both Christian faith and Christian practice. In this groundbreaking book Ray Anderson reflects theologically and practically on preaching, worship, ethics, social justice, therapy, family, homosexuality, burnout in ministry, reconciliation in relationships and theological education itself.

The result is The Shape of Practical Theology, a new and renewing foundation for engaging in Christian ministry. Anderson lays out his threefold goal as follows:

  • to define more clearly the shape of practical theology as truly a theological enterprise rather than mere mastery of skills and methods
  • to demonstrate the praxis of practical theology as critical engagement with the interface between the word of God as revealed through Scripture and the work of God taking place in and through the church in the world
  • to deal with practical pastoral theology from the perspective of those who are on the "field of play" of life and ministry, where preaching, counselling and teaching does affect for many persons the outcome of the game

Illuminated by stimulating discussion and helpful case studies, The Shape of Practical Theology is aimed at seminary students, at Christian educators, and at working pastors and counsellors. Anderson's work, fascinating and fruitful, brings together the Word of God with the Spirit of God in the ever-changing context of real-life ministry.

The Shape of Practical Theology by Ray S. Anderson was published by Intervarsity Press in March 2001 and is our 38047th best seller. The ISBN for The Shape of Practical Theology is 9780830815593.

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Details for The Shape of Practical Theology

Page last updated 12th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherIntervarsity Press (March 2001)
Number of Pages342
Thickness25 mm
Height236 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code3961964
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