Item description for Ambition in Ministry: Our Spiritual Struggle with Success, Achievement, & Competition by Robert Schnase...
Overview Through a series of polarities, Schnase, a former pastor who knows the yearnings of the clergy, discloses the ambiguity present in pastors, as they struggle to achieve, while keeping their appetities for ambition, excellence, and competition under control. "A balanced and hopeful analysis of one of the shadow sides of the ministry".--Bishop Rueben Job.
The drive to excel. The need to achieve. The desire to compete. These are concerns that face every pastor, but rarely are these issues discussed openly. Pastors, like other professionals, are human beings who have a need to achieve. Unfortunately, because pastors are expected to be models of altruism, this need frequently goes unrecognized or is denied outright. Pastors then are faced with the problem of learning to channel this unexpressed desire into positive, healthy avenues, while they struggle at the same time to curb any feelings of self-serving ambition. They must discover how to balance the needs of their vocation with their own need to compete. And pastors must silently confront and resolve issues of personal integrity that relate to the never-ending struggle for bucks, bodies, and souls.
At last, Robert Schnase brings this potentially dark side of ministry to light. In Ambition in Ministry, he examines the motivations for accomplishment in ministry and, in so doing, identifies a number of power-hungry personality types: the Wily Politico, the Spiteful Malcontent, the Favor Currier, the Arbitrary Intervener, and others. Schnase demonstrates how such persons destroy community and develop a politics of manipulation or resignation in ministry. Ambition in Ministry confronts these issues openly in order to help pastors recognize their feelings in this area and to suggest ways clergy can use natural aspirations to strengthen their ministry and avoid the destructive, life-sapping desires of self-promoting ambition. Essential reading for every ministry professional.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 1993
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687301440 ISBN13 9780687301447
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A Good Examination of Ambition May 17, 2008
Bishop Schnase's book give good insight into the positive aspects of ambition and drive into ministry. It is also a window into his world view and his view of ambition in the United Methodist Church. If Bishop Schnase were my bishop, I'd read this book and ponder it deeply.
This is a pretty easy read, not overly deep theologically and not so convoluted you couldn't read it in a few sittings. It could make a great discussion book for a clergy group overnight retreat.
Recommended, particularly if you are a United Methodist.