Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today
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Social historian and pastor Joseph Hellerman maintains that the church should be led and taught by a community of leaders who related to one another first as brothers and sisters in Christ, and who function secondarily as vision-casters and decision-makers for the broader church family. Unique among contemporary treatments of servant leadership, Embracing Shared Ministry interprets the biblical materials against the background of ancient Roman cultural values, providing a social context for ministry that includes healthy checks and balances on the use of pastoral power and authority.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Kregel Ministry
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825442648
ISBN-13: 9780825442643

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  1. A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
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    Heady stuff, but vitally necessary
    November 11, 2013
    A Cluttered Mind
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    This is a heady book. I know that I would not find most of the people in my congregation readily grabbing this book off the shelf and reading it. I see it serving an excellent place in the college and seminary, however.

    That said, I will still recommend it, specifically for pastors and church leaders. It would be best to take a group of men through this book and learn mightily from it. Leadership could plow through it over a couple of months, but if the elders and pastors of a church find themselves 'running a business' and serving with a hierarchy chiefly in mind, then it might be best to walk slowly through the book over the course of a year's time. In this way, an entire leadership team might be formed, egos set aside, humility put on and the entire church served far better than ever before.

    I heard Joe Hellerman give a series of messages at our North Central District of the Evangelical Free Church of America's Annual Conference this past April. It was an overview of his previous book, The Ancient Church as Family, and this current book. It was fascinating to see how the church, particularly in America has become far removed from it's biblical roots when it comes to leadership, raising up leaders for the future and truly seeing the body functioning as a body, not just as a head with a few hands 'thrown in.' Based upon those lectures and this book, I'm strongly encouraging pastors to get a hold of this book and read it. Pour yourself into and it and let it drive you to Scripture to be shaped by the humility of Christ.
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