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|Title: Covenants & Care: Boundaries in Life, Faith, and Ministry
By: Gary Harbaugh, Rebecca Lee Brenneis, Rodney Hutton
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 1998
|Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW0629884
Everyone in-or associated with-pastoral ministry knows of the heavy toll on pastors' personal andprofessional lives. Surveys commonly report time pressures, stress, overextension, loneliness and isolation, marital and family difficulties, spiritual dryness, and feelings of loss of meaning.
Covenants and Care takes these hard realities into account as the authors, a team of experts in ministry and the Bible, offer skills for the long haul. They employ the Old Testament notion of covenant and ask ministers to enter a covenant both for their own self-care and as a key to framing and enlivening their care for others in ministry. True-to-life stories show how biblically-based covenantal relationships with clear boundaries promote healthy relationships, and how they are integral to faithful personal and pastoral care. The authors' sensible yet sensitive approach offers practical help for the minister's self-care while providing tools for meeting such challenges as conflict in the congregation, issues of sexual ethics, questions of power and conscience, and the dynamics of spirituality.
Rebecca Lee Brenneis, AAPC, served the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA as a pastoral resource person for education on self-care, family systems, and boundary issues.
Gary L. Harbaugh, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care, Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He served for ten years as a pastoral resource in the Care for the Caregiver ministry of Lutheran Disaster Response. Dr. Harbaugh's books on spirituality and Christian life include God's Gifted People and The Confident Christian, both available from Augsburg Fortress.
Rodney R. Hutton is Professor of Old Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and author of Charisma and Authority in Israelite Society (Fortress Press, 1994) and co-author of Covenants and Care (Fortress Press, 1998).
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