Formation Tools for Ministers of the Postmodern Church unapologetically asks readers not to be content with adequacy. It is about practices ministers can undertake to grow and flourish in their ministry by continually improving what they do.
A long-time field educator, now serving as a denominational staff person responsible for ministerial formation, Barbara Blodgett is interested in how ministers learn to get better at what they do, how they become better ministers, and how they think through the nature of their calling.
Blodgett believes we should all try to do the best and brightest work we can, and she emphasizes the role others play in the minister's formation. She pushes ministers to resist praise and instead to ask for feedback, to seek the company of mentors who are better than the reader is at what he or she does, to be vulnerable before their peers in order to learn from them, and to define themselves as a leader who does not merely take activist stances but risks entering into deep, transformative relationships.
Addressed to ministers, Formation Tools for Ministers of the Postmodern Church is also a valuable resource for discernment committees, Christian educators, leaders of continuing education and lay education programs, and all those who partner with theological schools to help form ministers, both lay and ordained.