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Theology and Pastoral Leadership

Christopher A. Beeley

Among the many practicalities and the all-too-worldly demands of lay and ordained ministry, Christian leadership is fundamentally theological in its source, substance, and ends. Drawing on the great pastoral theologians of the early church, St. Gregory of Nazianzus and St. Augustine of Hippo, along with exemplary leaders in later Anglican and other traditions, this essay outlines the basic principles of pastoral and lay leadership. Special attention is given to the relationship between theology and the many practicalities of leaders’ work, the ministry of the word, the doctrine of the Trinity, the spiritual or pastoral interpretation of Scripture, and the importance of regular study for the work of Christian leadership.

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