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The Relational Pastor


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. New Energy, New Communications, New Consciousness . . . New Ministry
3. Transitioning from the Pastor as Self-Help Entertainer
4. Sipping the Sweet, Hard Liquor of Individualism
5. All the Lonely People: The Field of the Personal
6. What Is a Person?
7. Empathy, It's a Spirit Thing
8. Can I Read Your Mind?
9. New Visions of Incarnational Ministry
10. The Gift
11. Sharing is More Than What You Learned in Kindergarten
12. The Place Between
A Quick Pauline Excursion: Sharing and Place in Paul-It's All About the In
13. Will You Pray for Me?
14. Vista: What This Looks Like and How Story, Teaching and Preaching Fits
15. I've Got to Run the Church Don't I? Leadership as Letting Relationships Flow
Appendix: Practices from Relational Pastors

About the Author

Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is in the Baalson Olson Chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary. He is the author of The Children of Divorce, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry and Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry.


"If you are a pastor wearied by the tempations to produce and hungry for simple connection with others (simple pastoring), you will find a friend here."--Winn Collier, Religious Herald, November 25, 2013
"It is not often you find a work that is so full of practical relational insight, while maintaining theological depth. Root's work doesn't offer anything shockingly novel, but it is a theologically rich call to refocus on the relational side of ministry."--Andrew E. Stoddard, Leadership Journal, Winter 2014
"I cannot imagine any pastors going through seminary today not reading this important book."--Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary (IL), on www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed
"Root gives compelling and well-reasoned arguments to the many benefits of ministers becoming 'relational pastors.'"--Jeff Friend, Worship Leader, March/April 2013
"Most pastors and ministry leaders will affirm that relationships are at the heart of ministry. Root's concern, however, is that relationships have become the tool of ministry--simply a means to earn the loyalty of people to our programs or our brand of Jesus to our ministries grow. Thus, building relationship ministries becomes a strategy rather than a sincere effort to connect with people. . . . Root's concern is important and discussion-worthy, so recommend this book to pastors, group leaders, and key ministry leaders."--David Mundt, CBA Retailers ] Resources, July 2013

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