by William H. Willimon
Ordained ministry, says Willimon, is a gift of God to the church - but that doesn't mean that it is easy. Always a difficult vocation, changes in society and the church in recent years have made the ordained life all the more complex and challenging. Is the pastor primarily a preacher, a professional caregiver, an administrator? Given the call of all Christians to be ministers to the world, what is the distinctive ministry of the ordained? When does one's ministry take on the character of prophet, and when does it become that of priest? What are the special ethical obligations and disciplines of the ordained? In this book, Willimon explores these and other central questions about the vocation of ordained ministry.
NOTE: If you are taking this course for your Bi-Vocational License, read Calling and Character: Virtues of the Ordained Life instead of Pastor: the Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry.