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The relational pastor : sharing in Christ by sharing ourselves

Posted on 20 March 2014 Gavin Glenn


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 our goals for ministry—maintenance of the status quo or even, if we are willing to admit it, the elevation of our pastoral status.

In The Relational Pastor 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 persons are gathered in his name, Christ is present.

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