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Effective Ministry as an Associate Pastor: Making Beautiful Music as a Ministry Team [Paperback]

By Robert J. Radcliffe (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 18, 1998
Publisher   Kregel Academic & Professional
ISBN  082543629X  
EAN  9780825436291  

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In an orchestra, many instruments must blend together to make harmonious music. If even a seemingly unimportant instrument does not perform its specific part, the result is a discordant and confusing sound. The role of the associate or assistant pastor is much the same. Serving as an associate pastor is often viewed as a stepping stone to the role of senior pastor. If you do not have the opportunity to move into that role when you feel ready, you may feel frustrated and unfulfilled in your role as associate. But like each instrument, God has plans for you to make beautiful music where you are right now. In this creative new work, accomplished associate pastor and seminary professor Robert Radcliffe explores the essential principles that ensure effectiveness and longevity in the role of the associate pastor. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help make the material personal and applicable.

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In this creative new work, veteran associate pastor and seminary professor Bob Radcliffe explores the essential principles that ensure effectiveness and longevity in the role of the associate ministry. Some of the topics covered are dealing with church traditions, relating to the pastoral staff, working effectively with boards and committees, and terminating gracefully.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert J. Radcliffe (B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University) is Professor of Educational Ministry at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon. He serves as the coordinator of two academic programs--Educational Ministry and Youth and Family Ministry. He is the author of several articles in the Christian Education Journal and Journal of Religious Education.

Robert J. Radcliffe was born in 1940.

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Helpful introduction to team ministry  Jan 19, 2006
Robert Radcliffe--professor of Educational Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon--knows about serving as an assistant pastor both because he is an academic who specializes in studying team ministries and also because he served his entire parish career as an assistant pastor (various titles, but the same basic job). As such, he is well-qualified to write this introductory book to introduce team ministry to those who are considering that career route and also to aid and give advice to those already in an associate position.

The guiding metaphor from which Radcliffe operates is the orchestra. Continually referring to the Senior Pastor as the "First Chair" (one responsible for the performance of all the other players) and the other ministers as the "Second," "Third," etc., chairs (responsible for playing as best as they can yet remain under the leadership of the First Chair), Radcliffe effectively illustrates the various joys and complications associated with being a subordinate pastor.

He is most helpful as he cites personal accounts of successes and failures he experienced as an assistant. He runs the gamut from relationships with superiors to relationships with the laity to relationships with those outside the church. Of particular importance to this reader was the myriad of questions to ask yourself/find out as you consider taking a position as an assistant pastor (as is the case for me).

A weakness of this book is that Radcliffe does tend to be simplistic (as opposed to simple) at certain points. Furthermore, his description of various denominational idiosyncracies was more confusing than helpful (but this is true of any such comparitive analysis). Yet these weaknesses are minor and detract little from the book's overall value.

Recommended for assistant pastor, senior pastors, and laity who attend churches served by multiple pastors.

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