Passionately and directly the author addresses pastors, asking them in language that is personal and accessible -- yet supported by theory -- to take seriously the importance of social ministry. Though too often carelessly neglected by pastors, social action is an integral and vital part of pastoral responsibility.
In twelve chapters Miller offers a step-by-step guide to understanding issues of justice; the pastor's social responsibility; social action types, theology, and challenges. Undergirding it all is the "urgent imperative" for pastors to act.
Social Ministry will be useful as a supplemental text in seminary courses, pastors at every stage of experience should find it stimulating, and lay persons in local groups will find it a useful study book.