Item description for We Have This Ministry: The Heart of the Pastor's Vocation by Samuel DeWitt Proctor & Gardner C. Taylor...
Overview Samuel Proctor and Gardner Taylor have joined together to share their insights on how to be a pastor who has integrity and character and who embraces the many diverse roles God requires for shepherding a flock. Together, they unravel the mysteries of the pastor as intercessor, teacher, counselor and administrator and reveal the pastor's role in working with families in crisis, political realities, and the quest for community.
Publishers Description Proctor and Taylor share their insights and unravel the mysteries of how to be a pastor of integrity and character.
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Studio: Judson Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1996
Publisher JUDSON PRESS #575
ISBN 0817012486 ISBN13 9780817012489
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More About Samuel DeWitt Proctor & Gardner C. Taylor
Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Th.D. is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and the Pastor Emeritus of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. He earned a doctorate in theology at Boston University, became president of two colleges -- Virginia Union, his Alma Mater and North Carolina A&T -- and served as associate director of the Peace Corps under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He was also a speechwriter for Hubert Humphrey's presidential campaign of 1968, was Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, and headed up the Institute for Services to Education. Ultimately he served as Lyman Beecher Lecturer at Yale in 1990, professor at Vanderbilt University, United Theological Seminary, and Duke University. He lives in New Jersey.
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A Thought Provoking Primer on Pastoral Ministry Jun 19, 2006
This little book is all about what it means to be a pastor, and it is written by two men who have over 60 years of combined experienced in pastoral ministry.
There is a chapter on the pastor's commission, where Gardner Taylor suggests that men and women can be called into ministry through a variety of means: personal crisis, growing personal conviction that one has been chosen to speak God's message, or perhaps because one has been groomed for ministry by a caring parent. Taylor adds his own testimony of God's call on his life while a law school student.
In the chapter on the pastor as teacher, Samuel Proctor states that the pastor should not only have a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures, but should also be prepared to teach more mundane matters such as money management and personal health care and a proper exercise and restraint of our "glandular urges." In short, nearly every opportunity in the lives of pastor and people are open doors for some kind of teaching.
The role of the pastor as an intercessor is discussed as well, referring to his call to guide people toward a closer walk with God and to a greater appreciation of the One who not only set the stars in the sky, but who took the initiative to come down to this world in the person of Jesus Christ.
There is also a chapter about the pastor as administrator, where red flags are raised about the church relying too heavily on contemporary business models. and the pastor as counselor, where proper warnings about the danger of getting too personally involved are stressed.
There is also a section where the pastor is said to be responsible to teach people about the importance of diversity where the pastor is said to be responsible to show how to love the least, the last and the left behind.
The concluding raises the specter of the pastor and the political scene, and that the pastor will not be able to avoid grappling with the issues of the day.
On the whole, I found the book to be stimulating and thought provoking about the role of the minister. By way of friendly criticism, I would have wished for a greater stress on the importance of the pastor as biblical expositor and the pastor as an evangelist, and less stress on the pastor's involvement with poitics and with the issues of the day. Yet I understand where Taylor and Proctor are coming from. They have a great passion for liberty and justice for all, and they feel very strongly that the pastor can lend a powerful moral voice.
Yet the danger is that we can get so earthly minded that we neglect our primary duties as heralds of the eternal gospel. Taylor even acknowledges that there was a time in his life when his wife told him that his preaching was starting to wear thin on account of being too heavily involved in the political process.
On the other hand, it must also be mentioned that the African-American community has experienced decade after decade of racial injustice, and many people enter the pastorate so that they can not only win people to Christ,but so that they can influence the culture so that there can be justice and peace for all. I can respect this perspective very much.
These pastors are excellent writers, and this book is worth reading and pondering carefully.