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Tending to the holy : the practice of the presence of God in ministry

Author: Bruce Gordon Epperly; Katherine Gould Epperly
Publisher: Herndon, Va. : Alban Institute, ©2009.
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Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry invites pastors to embody their deepest beliefs in the routine and surprising tasks of ministry. Inspired by Brother Lawrence's classic text in spirituality, Tending to the Holy integrates the wisdom and practices of the Christian spiritual tradition with the commonplace practices of pastoral ministry. Bruce and Katherine Epperly utilize a variety  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Gordon Epperly; Katherine Gould Epperly
ISBN: 9781566993913 1566993911
OCLC Number: 373050637
Awards: Winner of Academy of Parish Clergy Book of the Year 2009.
Description: xii, 196 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A word of thanksgiving --
Introduction: practicing the presence of God in ministry --
Wonder, love, and praise: preaching, teaching, and worship as spiritual formation --
It's a gift to be simple: the gentle art of spiritual guidance --
Pastoral care as healing presence --
Contemplative leadership and administration: discovering God in the details --
Prophetic hospitality --
Conclusion: awakening to God's presence in ministry.
Responsibility: Bruce G. Epperly and Katherine Gould Epperly.

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Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry invites pastors to embody their deepest beliefs in the routine and surprising tasks of ministry. Inspired by Brother Lawrence's classic text in spirituality, Tending to the Holy integrates the wisdom and practices of the Christian spiritual tradition with the commonplace practices of pastoral ministry. Bruce and Katherine Epperly utilize a variety of spiritual disciplines especially Benedictine, Celtic, Ignatian, Rhineland, and process spiritualities to provide a framework for helping clergy nurture the awareness of God, creative imagination, and personal well-being in every aspect of their ministerial lives. Practicing God's presence in the ordinary tasks of ministry inspires wholeness, spiritual transformation, vision, imagination, endurance, and healthy self-differentiation in ministry. Commitment to joining spiritual practices with the routine and repetitive tasks of ministry provides an important antidote to unhealthy stress, burnout, and loss of vision in ministry. By seeing their congregational leadership in terms of spiritual transformation, imaginative practice, and relational interdependence, ordinary ministerial practices can become ways pastors can deepen their relationship with God. Growing out of their work with pastors at every season of ministry, as well as combined ministerial experience of nearly sixty years, Bruce and Katherine Epperly invite pastoral leaders to complement and expand on their understanding of spiritual leadership, pastoral excellence, and self-care, integrating traditional and contemporary spiritual practices with the concrete arts of ministry.
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