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God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations (Pulpit & Pew) [Paperback]

By Jackson W. Carroll (Author) & Becky R. McMillan (With)
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Item description for God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations (Pulpit & Pew) by Jackson W. Carroll & Becky R. McMillan...

Pastoral ministry is an occupation in flux. In this comprehensive study Jackson Carroll considers the many factors - changing roles among clergy and laypeople, the opening of ordination to women, an increasing shortage of clergy, and more - that are shaping congregations and ministers today. Building on Paul's image of Christians as "clay jars," Carroll paints 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. A veteran clergy watcher, Carroll uses data from what is likely the most representative survey of Protestant and Catholic clergy ever undertaken, as well as focus group interviews and congregational responses, to take a hard look at who is doing ministry today, what it involves, and how pastors are faring in leading their congregations. Significantly, his study covers clergy from a broad range of traditions - Catholic, mainline Protestant, conservative Protestant, and historic black churches. Replete with pertinent tables and figures, God's Potters culminates with specific strategies for strengthening pastoral leadership and nurturing excellence in ministry.

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Jackson W. Carroll is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society and recently retired as director of Pulpit & Pew: Research on Pastoral Leadership at Duke Divinity School. An ordained United Methodist minister, he is also the author of such books as Bridging Divided Worlds: Generational Cultures in Congregations (coauthored with Wade Clark Roof) and Mainline to the Future: Congregations for the 21st Century.

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God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations (Pulpit & Pew) by Jackson W. Carroll & Becky R. McMillan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 05/15/2006 page 20
  • Christian Century - 11/28/2006 page 44

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Series  Pulpit And Pew  
ISBN  0802863205  
ISBN13  9780802863201  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jackson W. Carroll is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. emeritus professor of religion and society at Duke University Divinity School. He is the director of Pulpit & Pew, a major research project on pastoral leadership at Duke Divinity School.
Wade Clark Roof is the J. F. Rowny professor of religion and society and chair of the religious studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jackson W. Carroll currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Jackson W. Carroll has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke Univ. Divinity School Duke University Divinity School Duke Univer.

Jackson W. Carroll has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Pulpit & Pew
  2. Religion in America

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Wise and fascinating data-driven description of what it is like to be a pastor today  Jun 3, 2009
Cooperating with some of the best academic sociologists of religion in the country, Jackson Carroll orchestrated a comprehensive survey of Christian clergy in the United States in 2001. In God's Potters, he reports his findings with clarity and wisdom. Carroll wants churches and pastors to thrive so he probes the findings for what church leaders can learn and improve. The book is well-written and the findings supported with impeccable data gathering. Throughout the book, Carroll offers his own suggestions for what clergy and denominations might want to do with the findings but his suggestions are clearly separated from conclusions drawn directly from the data. Moreover, happily, his suggestions are balanced and wise. This is the first book I would suggest people read if they want to understand the realities today of pastoring--both positive and negative.

Throughout the book, we learn about how women clergy differ from male clergy; how Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Conservative Protestant, and Historic Black clergy differ; how urban and rural clergy differ; younger and older clergy differ; etc. with regard to: salary, hours worked, job satisfaction, perceived effectiveness, physical health, seminary training, leadership style and conflict management.

God's Potters should be required reading for all faculty members at theological schools. It would do much to bridge the seminary-church gap.

But most importantly this book should be read in seminary "Pastoral Ethics," "Parish / Congregational Ministry and Leadership," and "Supervised Ministry / Field Education / Practicum" courses. The book will probably be neither inspiring nor discouraging for the person considering ordained ministry but it will be enlightening: "Oh, now I now see what a pastor does and the challenges they face!" For young people who are often broadsided by the "reality" of the church, the orientation that God's Potters provides is a very good thing. They will be able to see the possible pitfalls that they face but also encouraged by Carroll that many clergy--especially those who see the pitfalls--thrive.

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