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|All Authors / Contributors:||
H Dana Fearon; Gordon S Mikoski
|Description:||xx, 118 pages ; 21 cm|
|Contents:||Baptizing a baby who has died --
Hard questions about prayer --
Making waves --
Moving power to the proper place --
The congregation teaches preaching --
The pastor's day (and evening) --
Having friends, not cronies --
Needing help and accepting it --
Wearing the collar --
Placing the flag --
Criticisms and conflict --
Baptisms and marriages --
An unexpected renewal of faith --
The least of these --
Two guests in the house of the Lord --
Meddling in community affairs --
Helping laity find their gifts --
Developing spirituality in the governing board --
Staff dynamics --
Setting a new course --
The surprising presence.
|Responsibility:||H. Dana Fearon III, with Gordon S. Mikoski.|
A common complaint of recent seminary graduates is their lack of preparation in practical theology, especially in the tasks of leadership. New pastors encounter a host of challenges that can seem overwhelming. Biblically oriented, wise, and reassuring, Dana Fearon presents twenty-one difficult situations that young ministers are likely to face on the job, including prayer in the hospital room, a request to baptize a dead infant, handling conflict and criticism, entering dangerous areas to reconcile hostile groups, and others. As part of his discussion, Fearon presents and reviews his own response to such situations, using his theological education and long experience in church ministry to instruct others. -- Publisher.
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