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The Pastor Theologian

Resurrecting an Ancient Vision

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Far too often, there is a stark divide between the academy and the ministry of the church, between pastors and theologians. Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson offer a rallying cry to a new generation of church leaders and show the promising ways in which one can embody the calling of a “pastor theologian” for the good of the church.
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Pastoral ministry today is often ruled by an emphasis on short-sighted goals, pragmatic results, and shallow thinking. Unfortunately, those in the academy tend to have the opposite problem, failing to connect theological study to the pressing issues facing the church today. Contemporary evangelicalism has lost sight of the inherent connection between pastoral leadership and theology. This results in theologically anemic churches, and ecclesial anemic theologies.

Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand contend that among a younger generation of evangelical pastors and theologians, there is a growing appreciation for the native connection between theology and pastoral ministry. At the heart of this recovery of a theological vision for ministry is the re-emergence of the role of the "pastor theologian."

The Pastor Theologian presents a taxonomy of the pastor-theologian and shows how individual pastors—given their unique calling and gift-set—can best embody this age-old vocation in the 21st century. They present three models that combine theological study and practical ministry to the church:

The Local Theologian—a pastor theologian who ably services the theological needs of a local congregation.

The Popular Theologian—a pastor theologian who writes theology to a wider lay audience.

The Ecclesial Theologian—a pastor theologian who writes theology to other theologians and scholars.

Raising the banner for the pastor as theologian, this book invites the emerging generation of theologians and pastors to reimagine the pastoral vocation along theological lines, and to identify with one of the above models of the pastor theologian.

Contributor(s) Gerald Hiestand , Todd A. Wilson
About the Contributor(s) Gerald Hiestand

Gerald Hiestand (PhD Candidate, University of Kent, Canterbury) is the Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois and the Executive Director and co-founder of The Center for Pastor Theologians, a ministry dedicated to resourcing pastors engaged in biblical and theological scholarship. Gerald has published several scholarly articles on church history and theology, and is the author of Raising Purity and Sex, Dating, and Relationships. He and his wife Jill have three children, and are adopting a fourth from Ethiopia.



Todd A. Wilson

Todd A. Wilson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois and the chairman and co-founder of the Center for Pastor Theologians, a ministry dedicated to resourcing pastors engaged in biblical and theological scholarship. He is the author of Galatians: Gospel-Rooted Living and Pastors in the Classics. Todd is married to Katie, his high school sweetheart, and they have seven children, three biological and four adopted from Ethiopia.

 

UPC 025986516826
ISBN-10 031051682X
ISBN-13 9780310516828
Publish Date Jun 23, 2015
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.38
Width 5.44
Length 192
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $18.99
Format Paperback
Language English

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