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The Potter's Rib: Mentoring for Pastoral Formation [Paperback]

By Brian A. Williams (Author)
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Just as a potter uses a "rib" to exert pressure and give shape to clay vessels spinning on a wheel, so God has used the practice of mentoring to shape leaders from the times of ancient Israel to the modern church. This book provides a theological and historical foundation for the practice, inviting the modern supervisor and seminarian to step into the church's rich heritage of mentors and mentees by offering selected vignettes of these relationships in the lives of such influential leaders as Gregory the Great, St. Augustine, John Newton and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. By tracing out the spiritual formation of some of the most influential leaders in church history, Brian Williams shows how certain patterns of mentoring relationships have been pivotal for the people of God in ages past. He then combines the wisdom of the classical discipline of spiritual direction with the tradespractice of apprenticeship to offer us a practical model for mentoring today. The book concludes with a number of tools, forms, and practical suggestions to help shape and guide this demanding but rewarding practice. The Potter's Rib will challenge experienced pastors and seminary students alike to take seriously the role of mentoring in becoming the pastors they are called to be. Brian A. Williams, a graduate of Regent College, is involved in local ministry in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Studio: Regent College Publishing
Pages   318
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   1.06 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 20, 2005
Publisher   Regent College Publishing
ISBN  1573832677  
ISBN13  9781573832670  

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Explore the historical roots of pastoral mentoring  Jun 11, 2008
While there are some great contemporary books on mentoring in a ministry context, I really appreciated Brian's approach at the topic through the lens of Church history. Instead of just being another mentoring "how to" book (which come out all the time), the value of the book is in its exploration of how the historical Church has mentored it's pastors for 2000 years. This is a great read to complement some of the other mentoring books that are currently out.
The Potter's Rib: Mentoring For Pastoral Formation  Nov 21, 2005
Williams asks questions that may not have been articulated in every head of those `called' to pastoral ministry, but will have been experienced in every heart. The quotes from the greats (Dietrich Bonhoffer, Karl Barth, Eduard Thurneysen, John Newton, George Herbert, Richard Baxter, Catherine of Siena, Gregory the Great, Augustine, Gregory of Nazianzus) are heart warming to all who feel as though they are still journeying to become a better pastoral carer. The collation of so much ecclesiastical thought, wisdom and writing on pastoral formation into this one book means that it is itself a great source of reference. There are echoes of a great cloud of witnesses'encouraging the pastor to not give up, but to continue to the finishing line.

Texts which have played a great role in pastoral formation over the years are those such as: Gregory of Nazianzus' small text on pastoral ministry, In Defence of his Flight to Pontus, John Chrysostom's fifth century treatise, Concerning the Christian Priesthood, and Gregory the Great's sixth century text, Book of Pastoral Rule (which was a primary text for pastors for a thousand years). The Potter's Rib will prove to be a valuable text for in the continuation of that great tradition. This book is of real relevance for pastors in the same way that the works of those mentioned above are still of relevance. Williams notes the areas of interest in this work as being: `moral, spiritual, and personal formation; pastoral calling, images, and imagination; theological reflection and deliberation; and practical pastoral skills'.

For those interested in the history of pastoral care, historical theology, and ecclesiastical history then this book will have some appeal. Williams has brought together some essential aspects of pastoral ministry from the `greats of the faith' and made them readily applicable for today.

This book should be offered to friends who work in areas of pastoral care and to full-time pastors knowing that you are doing them a favour.

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