Randy Litchfield's fresh look at the perennial question of vocation
combines theological reflection on the development of personal
spiritual identity with a thoughtful look at the significant
dimension of place - how the realities of our contexts call for
particular responses to vocation in specific times and places.
Roots and Routes helps pastors and leaders claim a rich vocational
imagination for recognizing God's ongoing call to partnership in
the specific, concrete locales of ministry. The Carnegie
Institute's rich ethnographic studies of graduate education in the
professions reveal that guiding experiences of risk are at the
heart of professional development - combining call with experiences
in the actual realities of professional life. Hence the emphasis on
field education and internships. But how can we help pastors and
leaders see calling as a life-long process of discernment and
response? With ministerial burnout (and confusion) at an all-time
high, connecting the dots between the ongoing call of God and the
specific locales of ministry is an interpretive life-skill
necessary for pastors, leaders, and disciples of Jesus Christ.
Failed vocational imagination obstructs the effectiveness of
individuals and the church as a whole in fulfilling their mission
of partnership with God's creating, redeeming, and sustaining work
in the world. The primary audience for the book is seminary
educators and students and pastors. It also has congregational
leaders in mind.
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