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While the roles of pastor and theologian have been deeply intertwined throughout much of the church's history, a troubling schism between them has developed in our contemporary setting. The result has been a theologically weakened church and an ecclesially weakened theology.

Based on the first annual Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) conference in 2015, Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership combines the diverse perspectives and voices of church leaders and academic theologians, each of which carrying the same passion for resurrecting the ancient vision of the pastor as theologian, in order to consider how pastoral ministry and theological scholarship might be reconnected once more.

This compilation of essays considers several facets of the complex identity of the pastor theologian, including the biblical, public, and political dimensions of this calling. In addition, the essays explore the insights that can be gained from historical examples of pastor theologians—including John Calvin, John Henry Newman and Dietrich Bonhoeffer—as well as the essential role of Scripture within the ministry of the pastor theologian. Contributors include Gerald Hiestand, Peter Leithart, Philip Ryken, James K.A. Smith, Kevin Vanhoozer, Todd Wilson and more.

Becoming a Pastor Theologian is a clarion call for pastors, theologians, and seminarians to embrace their identity as both shepherds and theologians, offering robust, inspiring, and critical scholarship on the theological renewal of the church and the ecclesial renewal of theology.

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Title: Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830851712
ISBN-13: 9780830851713

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Author Bio

Todd Wilson (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He is the cofounder and chairman of the Center for Pastor Theologians, a ministry dedicated to resourcing pastor theologians. He is the author of and , and the coauthor of and . Gerald L. Hiestand (PhD candidate in classics and archeology, University of Kent, Canterbury) is the senior associate pastor at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, and the cofounder and director of the Center for Pastor Theologians. He is the coauthor of .

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"This passionate set of essays comes at a crucial time for the church. God's people are starving for biblical and theological nourishment. Many pastors long ago abandoned their theological duties, and many theologians work in a way that is lost on the people of God. Who is left to shape Christians with the knowledge of God and his Word? Many thanks to Wilson and Hiestand for this clarion call to pastors to lead their people once again, not so much as CEOs, therapists, or entertainers, but as those who want to help them know the Lord."

—Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"A clarion call for pastors to embrace their vocational identity as theologians! Pastors will surely benefit from the encouragement and challenge these essays offer, but because the authors celebrate the different callings of other members of the church, all those who come 'from within the liturgical and common life of a local congregation'—be they full-time academics or laypersons in other fields—will (re)discover ways to think about and support theology from the church, for the church."

—Amy Peeler, assistant professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

"There was a time when the word pastor meant something. That this term has now become so vacuous is not primarily the fault of the ambient culture but represents instead a crisis of vocation. So here we have, none too soon, a collection of stout essays calling for a new generation of shepherd-teachers—ecclesial theologians who do their work in the best tradition of the Church Fathers and the Reformers, in the light of eternity and pro Christo et ecclesia."

—Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture

Editorial Reviews

"There was a time when the word pastor meant something. That this term has now become so vacuous is not primarily the fault of the ambient culture but represents instead a crisis of vocation. So here we have, none too soon, a collection of stout essays calling for a new generation of shepherd-teachers—ecclesial theologians who do their work in the best tradition of the Church Fathers and the Reformers, in the light of eternity and pro Christo et ecclesia."
"A clarion call for pastors to embrace their vocational identity as theologians! Pastors will surely benefit from the encouragement and challenge these essays offer, but because the authors celebrate the different callings of other members of the church, all those who come 'from within the liturgical and common life of a local congregation'—be they full-time academics or laypersons in other fields—will (re)discover ways to think about and support theology from the church, for the church."
"This passionate set of essays comes at a crucial time for the church. God's people are starving for biblical and theological nourishment. Many pastors long ago abandoned their theological duties, and many theologians work in a way that is lost on the people of God. Who is left to shape Christians with the knowledge of God and his Word? Many thanks to Wilson and Hiestand for this clarion call to pastors to lead their people once again, not so much as CEOs, therapists, or entertainers, but as those who want to help them know the Lord."

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