The Relational Pastor by Andrew Root
Sharing in Christ by Sharing Ourselves

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When is the last time you asked yourself hard questions about why you were pursuing certain relationships in your ministry? Could it be that the end game for many of us is not relationship per se but loyalty, adherence, even submission? The sheep in our flock become the means to our end: pastoring becomes less about the people of God and more about maintenance of the status quo—and, if we are willing to recognize it, the elevation of our pastoral status.

Here practical theologian Andy Root dissects relational ministry as we have come to understand it and searches for the seed of a more wholesome, more pastoral understanding of the relationships for which God has prepared the church: the place where, when two or more are gathered in his name, Christ is present.

About Andrew Root

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Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is in the Baalson Olson Chair as associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). A former Young Life staffworker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor.
Published November 30, 2012 by IVP Books. 257 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Root (youth & family ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul; The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry) examines the modern concept of relational pastoral ministry and tackles the problem of seeking relationships to convince or change people. Using modern brain science and relationship theory as well a...

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