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CONTENTS INTRODUCTION The crisis of identity many pastors and teachers experience-Five basic convictions. 1. THE CALL AND THE CALLING Defining our terms-00; The irresistible nature of the call-00; The call in the context of God's calling of all Christians-00; Old Testament examples-00; Apostolic example-00; The development of the sense of call-00; The best kind of training-00; The minister's calling-00; The continuing proofs of a call-00. 2. LIFE AND CHARACTER The priority of example-00; The key example-00; A proper response to Christ's example-00; The practicalities of example-setting-00; Speech-00; Lifestyle-00; Love-00; Faith-00; Purity-00; Areas of growth-00. 3. GOALS AND PRIORITIES Feed the flock-00; Proclaim the whole will of God-00; Present everyone perfect in Christ-00; Prepare God's people for works of service-00; Equip God's people to be fishers of men and women-00; Keep watch over yourself and the flock until the task is complete-00; Our natural feelings of insufficiency-00. 4. PRAYER Prayer and our personal relationship to God-00; An undisputed priority for pastors and teachers-00; Intercessory prayer as part of our pastoral care-00; Prayer and preparation for teaching and preaching-00; Prayer when visiting and counseling-00; Prayer as the norm when anything of moment is discussed-00; Public prayer-00; Our own need of the prayers of others-00. 5. DEVOTIONAL LIFE Our secret and personal life-00; Love for God must be the priority of our life-00; Avoiding professionalism-00, God's requirement is quality rather than quantity-00; Four aspects of our devotional life: 1. Worship-00; 2. Prayer and meditation-00; 3. Bible reading-00; 4. The reading of Christian books-00. 6. STUDY Study and effective ministry-00; Instructing others and our personal obedience to God-00; Determining the best place to study-00; No substitute for discipline-00, An area of tension: finding time for general reading and study-00; Planning our week-00; Books-00; The retention of the fruits of study-00; Biblical directives-00. 7. PREACHING The contemporary climate of opinion regarding preaching-00; The distinction between teaching and preaching-00; The general background to our preaching-00; Preparation for preaching-00; Evangelistic preaching-00; Preaching to children-00; Notes or full manuscript?-00; Being ourselves-00; The truth we must never forget-00; The perils of preaching-00; The highest privilege-00. 8. PASTORAL CARE Shepherding equals pastoral care-00; The background to our pastoral care-00; All need pastoral care-including ourselves-00; Basic principles of pastoral care-00; The exercise of pastoral care-00; Key words in pastoral care-00; Recognizing our own limitations-00; Our greatest confidence-00. 9. PASTORAL CARE-THE PRACTICALITIES Visiting people in their homes-00; Evangelistic visitation-00; Hospital visitation-00; The place of letters-00; The organization of pastoral care-00; Two personal programs-00; The delegation of responsibilities for pastoral care-00. 10. THE CONDUCT OF WORSHIP Practical preliminaries-00; Punctuality, bearing, and voice-00; Some constituent parts of public worship-00; The invitation to worship-00; Hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs-00; The public reading of Scripture-00; Announcements or notices-00; Public Prayer-00. 11. THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD Leadership both a gift and a calling-00; The practice of leadership-00; Areas of leadership-00; The relationship of leaders to each other-00. 12. DELEGATION Old but timely lessons-00; The sad consequences of no delegation-00; Reluctance to delegate-00; The benefits of delegation-00; Areas of delegation-00; Principles of successful delegation-00. 13. FAMILY AND LEISURE Identifying the pressure points-00; The special pressures that may be upon a pastor's wife-00; Safeguarding the marriage-00; Relaxation and leisure-00. 14. PERILS TEMPERED BY PRIVILEGES A variety of duties-00; Complex social and moral problems-00; Keeping people together-00; Misconceptions about a pastor's calling-00; Opposition and the spiritual battle-00; Trials-00; Laziness-00; Discouragement-00; Vulnerability to criticism-00; Overinvolvement with people's troubles, stress, and burnout-00; An occasional desire to escape-00; Pride and its attendant perils-00; Hurting the church-00; Privileges and compensations-00.
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Pastoral theology