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God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations (Jackson W Carroll) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802863201
God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations (Jackson W Carroll) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802863201
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Title: God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations

Author: Carroll, Jackson W

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802863201

Volumes: 1; Pages: 305

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Pastoral leadership is an occupation in flux. In this important and comprehensive study, Jackson Carroll considers the many factors--the changing roles of clergy and laypeople, the opening of ordination to women, and the increasing shortage of clergy, among others--that shape the work of twenty-first-century congregations and clergy. Building on Paul's image of Christians as "clay jars," Carroll provides a portrait of "God's potters"--pastors whose calling is to form their congregational jars so that they reveal rather than hide God's treasure.Carroll uses data from Pulpit & Pew's National Clergy Survey, likely the most representative survey of Protestant and Catholic clergy ever undertaken, as well as focus group interviews and responses from congregations, to look at who is doing the work of ministry today, what this work involves, and how clergy lead their congregations. God's Potters culminates with an account of pastoral excellence that leads into specific recommendations for building and sustaining excellence in ministry.ContentsList of Tables and FiguresPreface1. Pastoral Leadership at the Beginning of the 21st Century2. The Social and Cultural Context in Which Clergy Work3. Who Are God's Potters Today?4. What Do Clergy Do? The Work of Ordained Ministry5. How Do Pastors Lead? Leadership and Cultural Production6. Potters' Problems: Commitment, Satisfaction, and Health7. "A Manner of Life Worthy of the Gospel": Exploring the Meaning of Excellence in Ministry and Pastoral Leadership8. Strengthening Pastoral Leadership and Nurturing Excellence: Some StrategiesAPPENDIX A: Research MethodsAPPENDIX B: Interview Protocol and Response FrequenciesWorks Cited and ConsultedIndex
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