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Overview Plenty of books explain the many practical skills of pastoring, but Hansen focuses on the heart of ministry: living and serving as a "parable of Jesus" on a daily basis. His stories of nearly a decade of ministry in the mountains of Montana will inspire and enlighten both veteran pastors and seminarians.
Publishers Description Named one of the Top Ten Books of 1994 by the Academy of Parish Clergy What should a pastor do?What makes a pastor good or effective?What is a pastor, after all?Hundreds of books, tapes, workshops and seminars promise to answer these impossible questions. Some offer a set of practical guidelines; others suggest a system or pattern to follow. Some stress various ministry functions; others feature case studies as models of success or failure. Some are helpful. Others are not. But in The Art of Pastoring, David Hansen turns pastoral self-help programs on their heads. He tackles the perennial questions from within his own experience.From the Inside OutHansen's fresh, bold narrative grows from nearly a decade of ministry. He draws you into his life and into the lives of Florence-Victor Parish in the mountains of Montana, including unforgettable encounters with unforgettable people--a stubborn pioneer woman who still chops her own firewood though she's blind and 90 years old, a championship rodeo cowboy who was baptized in his boots, and many more.Hansen's goal is to help you discover "that pastoral ministry is a life, not a technology . . . that] life as a pastor is far more than the sum of the tasks I carry out. It is a call from God that involves my whole life."From Calling to Living ParableEvery pastor has encountered those who struggle to hear God's voice in a hospital room, who reach for Jesus in the sacraments. No systematic answers can meet their deep, eternal needs. What can touch them, Hansen contends, is a life itself, a life lived as a parable of Jesus. "As a parable of Jesus Christ," Hansen writes, "I deliver something to the parishioner that I am not, and in the process I deliver the parishioner into the hands of God."It is this knack for getting to the heart of things that makes The Art of Pastoring valuable for pastors in any setting--rural, suburban or urban. Parachurch workers, missionaries, church leaders and ministry volunteers will also find inspiration here.Even if you haven't yet been involved in full-time ministry, Hansen's book will be eye-opening. You'll see your own pastor differently as a result. And you'll discover how you too can be a living parable of Jesus Christ in the lives of your family, coworkers, friends and neighbors.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.14" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830816690 ISBN13 9780830816699
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More About David Hansen
David Phillips Hansen has been in active ministry for over 40 years. His studies at the Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley focused on the role of religion in student movements, ethics, and economic policy. He has served pastorates in both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (DOC) from Saskatchewan to Hawaii to Kansas, where he lives now with his wife of 50 years, Sally Duckworth Hansen.
David Hansen currently resides in the state of Montana.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers?
I loved this book... May 6, 2004
I had to read this book for a Ministry Practice and Polity seminary class, and it was probably one of the most enjoyable books that I read in my whole seminary career.
At the most basic level, this is sort of a 'day in the life' kind of book about David Hansen's experience in the role of pastor. The book is refreshingly honest as he discusses his struggles, victories, and overall experience of being a pastor in all the different compacities. I don't plan on being a pastor myself, but I would definitly recommend this book to anyone who is feeling called in that direction, as a 'window into the life of a pastorate.'
One of the Top Ten Books on Being a Pastor/Pastoral Theology Aug 30, 2002
I could say a lot about this book. A whole lot in fact. But I am just going to say this: if you are a pastor or a family member of a pastor get this book! It is rich, deep, honest, Christian, Christlike, and so much more. I am glad it came across my path and am thankful the author shared his life with us.
How to BE a pastor, not just do pastoral things. May 18, 1999
EUGENE PETERSON said: "This is the freshest and most honest book on pastoral work you're ever likely to come upon." I agree. Hansen helps us pastors consider what is essential for us to be pastors. Prayer, presence, scripture are central. Stories drawn from Hansen's contemplative fishing experiences help the reader appreciate the value of paying careful, quiet, patient attention in ministry. Not a "how to do it in X steps" book, but a book about being. This is a simple but deep book; it's hopeful and encouraging for a too busy pastor.