The Power to Comprehend with All the Saints seeks to bring the pastoral voice into conversation with both the academy and the church in order to present a comprehensive perspective on how a theologically substantive ministry comes into being and what difference a theological orientation to the vocation makes in pastoral practice.
The contributors argue for the renewal of the church and its ministry, offering ways to regain its identity as a theological community and addressing the trivialization of the pastoral identity too often engendered by embracing management strategies rather than the Spirit's call. It is only when the church attends faithfully and consistently to its primary tasks of preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and administration that the enlivening and empowering of the church is given and received as a gift. Here men and women on the front line of the church's ministry thoughtfully consider how theological awareness is formed in a person and how this awareness determines the form and content of pastoral ministry.
Wallace M. Alston Jr., Robert Balance, Kenneth H. Carter Jr., Brant S. Copeland, Richard Crocker, Thomas Currie, James L. Haddix, Scott Hoezee, Cynthia A. Jarvis, Albert Keller, Rebecca Kuiken, Allen C. McSween Jr., Rush Otey, V. Bruce Rigdon, John M. Stapleton, Kristine Suna-Karo, Virgil (Bud) Thompson, Anita Warner