The Crucifixion of Ministry: Surrendering Our Ambitions to the Service of Christ - eBook  -     By: Andrew Purves
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IVP Books / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780830878581
ISBN-13: 9780830878581
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As a pastor, do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you try, nothing much seems to change? That is because the ministries themselves are not redemptive--they are not up to you. Only Jesus' ministry is redemptive. Jesus has to "show up." Theologian Andrew Purves explores at the deepest level the true and essential nature of Christian ministry. He says that the attempt to be an effective minister is a major problem. Ministers are "in the way." He radically claims that ministries need to be crucified. They need to be killed off so that Christ can make them live. Rooting church service in Christ's own continuing ministry, Purves provides a vision for students and practicing clergy to reclaim the vital connection between Christ and participation in his ministry today, even if it means letting Christ put to death the ministries to which pastors cling so closely. A radical appraisal for a critical malady affecting the life of the Christian church written in plain, down-to-earth language.

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Andrew Purves is professor of Reformed theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including and

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    Very interesting perspective. Although necessary in many cases, I imagine many pastors and churches having a very difficult time adopting such a view.
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