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No Longer Servants, but Friends: A Theology of Ordained Ministry [Paperback]

By Edward Zaragoza (Author)
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Pages   111
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.33"
Weight:   0.43 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1999
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687081637  
EAN  9780687081639  


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The time has come, Edward Zaragoza argues, to lay a new foundation for how we understand ordained ministry. He begins by reminding us that, on the basis of the priesthood of all believers, clergy are ministers with, rather than servants of, the congregation. Building on the horizontal nature of this relationship, he suggests that we begin to think of a friendship model of ministry. In this timely and constructive theological analysis, Zaragoza offers a new pardigm for understanding the function of ordained ministry in the life of the congregation.

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The time has come, Edward C. Zaragoza argues, to lay a new foundation for how we understand ordained ministry. He begins by reminding us that, on the basis of the priesthood of all believers, clergy are ministers with, rather than servants of, the congregation. Building on the horizontal nature of this relationship, he suggests that we begin to think of a friendship model of ministry. In this model the authority of the ordained arises not from the quality of their service to the congregation (a service which can too easily lead to subjugation or superiority), but from the fact that the church has set them apart to minister with and among them, carrying on their own ministry of prayer, proclamation, and teaching, in ways that enhance and facilitate the ministry of the whole people of God. In this timely and constructive theological analysis, Zaragoza offers a new paradigm for understanding the function of ordained ministry in the life of the congregation. After presenting a critique of the servant leadership model and explaining the risks inherent in it, the author presents a friendship model of ordained ministry and explains how this model arises from and takes place within the context of the whole people of God.

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What then should I be?  May 24, 2003
Edward Zaragoza's book, `No Longer Servants, But Friends: A Theology of Ordained Ministry' is a very important work to me. The idea of servant ministry is as old as the church, but it has an increasingly limited appeal in today's world in many respects, not the least of which that it is a model more honoured in the breach than in the observance. How realistic is it for the man standing at the altar covered in gold and glory to be regarded as a servant? Servant ministry has been a popular concept, as well as has been servant leadership (that a pastor should be a servant with managerial skills, et al.). But this begins to be too limiting on the one hand (reducing the role of who the pastor is or can be) and requiring too much on the other.

Jesus was himself a servant, leader, but also a friend. Indeed, Jesus even says we are no longer servants, but friends (see John 15:12-15). Today's pastors often end up more as social workers or CEO's than as apostles or disciples, to the detriment of the church as a whole. But the ordained ministry is not simply a profession, which one may pick up and put away at will. It is a lifelong calling to a way of being. If there is an ontological shift that takes place during ordination, it is not in the being, but rather in the way of being.

This book, according to Janet Fishburn at Drew University, `offers a model for caring, empowering, out-reaching ministry, not as a finished product, but as a collaborative invitation to the reader to imagine and practice ministry in terms of some very provocative alternatives.'

Friends have relationship in love, which exalt each other yet leave each other free. Friends do not call each other into obedience, but rather into cooperation. Friendship is rarely hierarchical.

Zaragoza explores the historical context of servant and servant-leadership ministry models, as well as the history of how friendship has been defined in church ministry circles.

Andrew Sung Park of United Theological Seminary says, `Derived from the image of the Trinity, this new paradigm of friendship stresses caring for others rather than curing them, being fully alive rather than giving up the self, being with others rather than doing for them, and relating to others rather than helping them.'

With a framework of friendship being paramount, the pastor no longer has to see herself/himself as a martyr, a sacrificial person, but rather can be fully engaged with God and others (and oneself!) by befriend the people of God.

`As a friend, the pastor sees people as whole human beings.... As whole human beings, the pastor and the people are both called to be fully alive through relationships with God, one another, and themselves.'

The 'tasks' (under the servant model) or 'goals' (under the servant-leadership model) become 'communal acts' in which there is collegiality and empowerment, and seeing people as beings-in-relationship, rather than seeing people as needs or as functions.

When I wrote this, the day was Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, and in many traditions the night of the Last Supper. It is traditional for priests to renew their vows on this night. Mine still have just a touch of that 'new vow smell' to them, but nonetheless, I reaffirm, particularly in light of the Zaragoza's work, to strive to honour my ordination vows by uplifting all to the highest good, to be mutual friends, friends with me, and friends with God.

 

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