The New Testament writers set before us a number of models of ministry, each of which is shaped by the particular needs of the churches they were serving. Their own backgrounds, ambitions and passions also contribute to what they have to say about ministry. The contours of New Testament pastoral leadership, inspired by the Holy Spirit, exhibit a genuine diversity that finds its unity in Christ and his gospel. Focusing on pastoral leadership within local churches or groups of churches, Derek Tidball provides a comprehensive survey of these models and patterns with applications for today's ministry. Tidball's overview offers "models of permission" that enable a freer approach to ministry and the way it is conducted, challenges the stunted understanding of ministry that can often characterize our churches today, and gives encouragement to those who do not fit a "ministry by numbers" approach. Well-grounded in relevant scholarship, Tidball's fresh engagement with the biblical texts, stimulating analysis and wise application will be of value to all who are established in pastoral leadership, or training for it, and looking to explore a variety of biblically valid approaches to ministry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Derek Tidball is visiting scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously, he served as principal of the London School of Theology. He is the author of numerous books, including Skilful Shepherds: Explorations in Pastoral Theology, Builders and Fools: Images of Pastoral Ministry in Paul, and The Message of Leviticus and The Message of the Cross.
"Tidball's systematic analysis of the books of the NT provides substantial insights into models of ministry that responded to particular needs of communities of faith in that era. . . Well structured and clearly written."--Kenneth J. McFayden, Interpretation, October 2010
"This book adds a needed injection into the discussion of the nature of the church and its leadership models in the twenty-first century. Many churches and pastors tend to be rigidly model-orientated, even emerging churches. Tidball offers 'models of permission' that enable a freer approach to ministry and the way it is conducted. He provides a refreshingly 'multicolored not monochrome' picture of ministry."