• Pastoral Identity

    Pastoral Identity
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    Price: $19.99

    ISBN: 9780825448171

    Edition: May 23, 2023

    Pages: 192

    Publication date: May 23, 2023

    Format: Paperback

    Imprint: Kregel Ministry

    Category: Ministry

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    Pastoral Identity

    True Shepherds in the Household of Faith

    A charge for pastors to re-envision their role in a world suspicious of Christianity


    Webster calls pastors to reject "Christendom" approaches to church leadership that require the pastor to exert control over the church's direction and ministry. Such models differ fundamentally from the New Testament "household of faith" vision of pastoral ministry, which affirms the disciple-making responsibility of the whole community, the priesthood of all believers, and the shared gifts of the Spirit.

    Rather than perpetuate pastoral leadership based on individual initiative, institutional power, and personal charisma, experienced pastor and seminary professor Douglas Webster defines a New Testament model of the pastor, outlining the major features of pastoring among the household of faith, such as:

    • Viewing the church as an every-member ministry
    • Seeking synergy between pastoral identity and congregational identity
    • Prioritizing a pastor's daily rhythms of grace in prayer, study, and care for the body
    • Supporting pastor-theologians who shepherd believers in the whole counsel of God


    Such pastoral authority and guidance require mutual submission in Christ. Pastors and laypeople alike let go of dominant cultural models of pastoring and embrace the values of Christ's kingdom.
    Author: Douglas D. Webster
    Douglas D. Webster (Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College) is professor of pastoral theology and preaching at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. He served as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Diego for fourteen years as well as churches in New York City, Denver, and Toronto. His other books include, Follow the Lamb: A Pastoral Approach to The Revelation and Preaching Hebrews: The End of Religion and Faithfulness to the End. Find him at douglasdwebster.com.