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The Pastor As Minor Poet: Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies) [Paperback]

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Pages   138
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2008
Publisher   Eerdmans Pub Co
ISBN  0802829627  
EAN  9780802829627  

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Struggling with your identity as a pastor? Let pastor/seminary professor M. Craig Barnes cast some light on the murkiness. He will guide you into a greater understanding of your role as a bard or poet to your congregation.

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Today s pastors often expected to be multitasking marvels who can make their churches "successful" are understandably confused about their role. Craig Barnes contends that the true calling of a pastor is to assist others in becoming fully alive in Christ to be a "minor poet." The pastor absorbs the wisdom of major poets the biblical poets as well as the church s theological poets and distills its essence for parishioners. / The Pastor as Minor Poet calls pastors to continually search for a deeper, truer understanding of what they see both in the text of Scripture and in the text of their parishioners' lives. Discerning the subtexts beneath these texts reveals the core truths that allow pastors to preach the heart of the Word and to understand the hearts of the people to whom they minister. Written with a seasoned pastor s depth of understanding and a poet's sensibility and sensitivity, this book will minister to and inspire pastors everywhere.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! M. Craig Barnes (PhD, University of Chicago) is president of Princeton Theological Seminary, where he also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. He previously taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and has pastored several churches. He is the author of eight books, including Sacred Thirst, Hustling God, When God Interrupts, and Yearning, and is a columnist for The Christian Century.

M. Craig Barnes currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

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A Rare Book  Mar 23, 2010
This is a rare book.

Rarely do I read a book in its entirety on my weekly Sabbath. Rarely do I identify so strongly with an author or book. Rarely does a book make me feel less alone, even hopeful, as a pastor. Rarely do I finish a book with the intention of reading it again.

But The Pastor as Minor Poet, by M. Craig Barnes, is that book.

Subtitled "Texts and Subtexts in the Ministerial Life," the book is divided into two sections: The Call of the Minor Poet and The Craft of the Minor Poet. Although I was disappointed when the first section ended, because I had gotten so much out of it and wasn't ready for it to end, the second section quickly dispelled my disappointment, finishing the book just as strongly as it had begun--which is something else that makes this book relatively rare.

If this is the first M. Craig Barnes book you read, it will be quickly obvious that he knows the joys and frustrations of the pastor's life (he is currently senior pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA). It will be equally clear that he knows preaching. And people. And pain.

As one reviewer has written, it "offers a hope and a vision for ministry that is at once vocationally satisfying and Scripturally faithful." It is honest, entertaining, captivating, timely, and deep. And rare.
If You Have A Pastor You Should Read This Book  Feb 12, 2010
Being familiar with Barnes' unique writing ability I was curious about this one. I wanted to read the book before giving it to my pastor. It should be required reading for everyone who attends church. You will have a new appreciation for these men/women that have received the calling to "feed" His "sheep." I will be praying more regularly for pastors everywhere and will be delighted to hand a copy of The Pastor As A Minor Poet to my own pastor -- with a thank you and, of course, a poem.
Excellent Preacher - Excellent Pastor - Excellent Writer  Jul 20, 2009
I've known Craig Barnes as an excellent preacher, holding audiences at multi-day conferences spellbound for 45 minutes or more each time he spoke. He now teaches pastors the art of pastoral leadership while continuing to serve as preaching pastor of one of the great Presbyterian churches in the United States. He practices what he teaches and preaches. This is a book for pastors about pastoring - not so much about pastoral skills as about the pastor as person in the daily work of pastoring. He writes (as he preaches) with great humor and wit, but never for its own sake. His stories focus his point making it real in the pastor's life. Dr. Barnes lets us in on his very human feelings about difficult parishioners, but he never leaves it at that. The "minor poet" is enabled to artfully move beyond personal feelings to healing relationships. This book will encourage every pastor. It is highly recommended as a gift to the pastor you love.
Thoughtful, engaging, creative work  Jul 3, 2009
Clearly based in real parish work, Barnes gives a thoughtful and creative image of the pastoral task. Of all the descriptions of pastoral work available out there (CEO, leader, shepherd, teacher, administrator, therapist, theologian, etc.), this is the only one I have found which simultaneously knows the deep frustrations and even deeper joys of pastoral work, and gives a image which can withstand them both. I would highly recommend this for any pastor, particularly those newly ordained or seeking a lasting and powerful understanding of the task.
What a churchgoer should understand about the pastor  Jun 27, 2009

An easy to read, insightful look at the way a pastor does his work. Good mix of anecdotes and practical advice and application of ideas. Pastors as minor poets ? He explains quite well. Engaging and thoughtful.

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