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Title The Pastor in a Secular Age Ministry in a Secular Age Book 2
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2019-06-18
Category Religion
Total Pages 320
ISBN 149341822X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Using examples of pastors throughout history--from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber--Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.

Title Ministry in a Secular Age Set
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2021-01-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 848
ISBN 9781540963840
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Andrew Root's well-received Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy offers a developed practical theology that uniquely attends to divine action. The three volumes engage with Charles Taylor's articulation of our cultural context and the challenge he raises for Christian life in a Western world that has found divine action increasingly unbelievable. This project provides not only a needed and deep dialogue with the issues Taylor presents but also offers a constructive vision for confronting Taylor's challenge. In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, Root provides an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. Through an abundance of examples, The Pastor in a Secular Age explores how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age, and provides a new vision for pastoral ministry today. The Congregation in a Secular Age articulates why it is so hard for congregations to change and encourages an approach that doesn't fall into the negative traps of our secular age.

Title The Pastor in a Secular Age
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2019-06-18
Category Religion
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780801098475
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Using examples of pastors throughout history--from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber--Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.

Title The Congregation in a Secular Age
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2021-01-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780801098482
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Churches often realize they need to change. But if they're not careful, the way they change can hurt more than help. In this culmination of his well-received Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers a new paradigm for understanding the congregation in contemporary ministry. He articulates why it is so hard for congregations to change and encourages an approach that doesn't fall into the negative traps of our secular age. Living in late modernity means our lives are constantly accelerated, and calls for change in the church often support this call to speed up. Root asserts that the recent push toward innovation in churches has led to an acceleration of congregational life that strips the sacred out of time. Many congregations are simply unable to keep up, which leads to burnout and depression. When things move too fast, we feel alienated from life and the voice of a living God. This book calls congregations to reimagine what change is and how to live into this future, helping them move from relevance to resonance.

Title Faith Formation in a Secular Age
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2017-08-22
Category Religion
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780801098468
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God? Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action.

Title The Congregation in a Secular Age Ministry in a Secular Age Book 3
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2021-01-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1493429728
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Churches often realize they need to change. But if they're not careful, the way they change can hurt more than help. In this culmination of his well-received Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers a new paradigm for understanding the congregation in contemporary ministry. He articulates why congregations feel pressured by the speed of change in modern life and encourages an approach that doesn't fall into the negative traps of our secular age. Living in late modernity means our lives are constantly accelerated, and calls for change in the church often support this call to speed up. Root asserts that the recent push toward innovation in churches has led to an acceleration of congregational life that strips the sacred out of time. Many congregations are simply unable to keep up, which leads to burnout and depression. When things move too fast, we feel alienated from life and the voice of a living God. The Congregation in a Secular Age calls congregations to reimagine what change is and how to live into this future, helping them move from relevance to resonance.

Title Churches and the Crisis of Decline
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2022-02-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781540964816
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Congregations often seek to combat the crisis of decline by using innovation to produce new resources. But leading practical theologian Andrew Root shows that the church's crisis is not in the loss of resources, it's in the loss of life--and that life can only return when we remain open to God's encountering presence. This new book, related to Root's critically acclaimed Ministry in a Secular Age project, addresses the practical form the church must take in a secular age. Root uses two stories to frame the book: one about a church whose building becomes a pub and the other about Karl Barth. Root argues that Barth should be understood as a pastor with a deep practical theology that can help church leaders today. This book pushes the church to be a waiting community that recognizes that the only way for it to find life is to stop seeing the church as the star of its own story. Instead of resisting decline, congregations must remain open to divine action. Root offers a rich vision for the church's future that moves away from an obsession with relevance and resources and toward the living God.

Title The End of Youth Ministry Theology for the Life of the World
Author Andrew Root
Publisher Baker Academic
Release 2020-03-17
Category Religion
Total Pages 240
ISBN 1493420178
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What is youth ministry actually for? And does it have a future? Andrew Root, a leading scholar in youth ministry and practical theology, went on a one-year journey to answer these questions. In this book, Root weaves together an innovative first-person fictional narrative to diagnose the challenges facing the church today and to offer a new vision for youth ministry in the 21st century. Informed by interviews that Root conducted with parents, this book explores how parents' perspectives of what constitutes a good life are affecting youth ministry. In today's culture, youth ministry can't compete with sports, test prep, and the myriad other activities in which young people participate. Through a unique parable-style story, Root offers a new way to think about the purpose of youth ministry: not happiness, but joy. Joy is a sense of experiencing the good. For youth ministry to be about joy, it must move beyond the youth group model and rework the assumptions of how identity and happiness are imagined by parents in American society.

Who s Minding the Story by Jeff Seaton

Title Who s Minding the Story
Author Jeff Seaton
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release 2018-07-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 150
ISBN 1532642474
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Who's Minding the Story? examines the trajectory of the United Church of Canada since its heyday in the mid-1960s. Jeff Seaton argues that the denomination accepted the criticisms leveled at it by proponents of secular theology in the 1960s and made sweeping changes to its practices, its presentation of the Christian story, and its engagement with the world. Seaton argues that these "adjustments," which continue to exert strong influence in the denomination today--as witnessed in the approaches of influential contemporary United Church leaders John Pentland and Gretta Vosper--have seriously weakened the United Church's Christian identity and contributed to its decline. Engaging the work of Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor in his magisterial volume A Secular Age, Seaton questions the assumptions that undergird secular theology. The book concludes with an invitation to the United Church to make a course correction by reengaging with the Christian tradition while maintaining its commitment to social justice, in a formulation Seaton names "progressive orthodoxy."

Title Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age
Author Edward H Hammett
Publisher Chalice Press
Release 2013-05-09
Category Religion
Total Pages
ISBN 9780827235151
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Spiritual Leadership in a Secular Age explores the questions: How can we be faithful people of God in a post-Christian, post-denominational, postmodern world? and How can we do ministry in, through, and as the church in an increasingly secular world? Author Edward Hammett draws on concepts from the ministries of Jesus and Paul as they ministered among persons unlike themselves during the birthing of the New Testament church. He offers a coaching approach and practical ideas to help leaders and congregations as they struggle to discern how to build bridges instead of barriers with the unchurched. A TCP Leadership Series title.

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