Baker Academic Fall 2021 Catalog


PASTORAL THEOLOGY IN THE BAPTIST TRADITION Distinctives and Directions for the Contemporary Church R. Robert Creech Veteran Baptist pastor and ministry professor R. Robert Creech offers a distinctive free church vision for pastoral leadership, attending to voices from the past four centuries as they speak about the practice of ministry. Pastoral Theology and the Baptist Tradition contains theological reflection on current ministry issues among Baptists based on biblical and historical foundations and reflects a diversity of Baptist life across time and around the world, including many different voices. Each chapter contains reflection questions to help readers consider the implications of Baptist thinking.

R. ROBERT CREECH (PhD, Baylor University) is Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Professor of Pastoral Leadership and director of pastoral ministries at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He is the author of Family Systems and Congregational Life and the coauthor of Ethics for Christian Ministry and The Leader’s Journey .

OCTOBER 2021 • 272 pp. • paper • $26.99 • 9781540962584


“This book is a rich and multifaceted resource for Baptist identity and history, truth and conviction on contempo- rary issues in the tradition, and a theologically robust vision for the vocation of the pastor and the witness of the church.” —JARED E. ALCÁNTARA, Truett Theological Seminary “This winsomely written book is a rich theological resource that honors the diversity of Baptist thought in a variety of contexts, takes seriously its tradition, and points pastors to an embodied way of ministry that is as relevant today as ever. It is a gift to the whole church.” —TOD BOLSINGER, Fuller Theological Seminary

Introduction PART 1: BECOMING A PASTOR 1. Pastoral Identity: The Shepherd and the Flock 2. The Call to Ministry: More Than a Job 3. Ordination: Set Apart to Serve 4. Women in Ministry: Your Daughters Shall Prophesy PART 2: PROCLAMATION: PASTOR AS PROPHET 5. The Preaching Ministry: Fire in My Bones 6. Witness to the World: Sent to Proclaim PART 3: CARE: PASTOR AS PRIEST 7. Worship and the Ordinances: Directing Attention to God 8. Pastoral Care: Tending the Flock 9. Spiritual Formation: Teaching Them to Obey All That I Have Commanded

PART 4: LEADERSHIP: PASTOR AS SERVANT 10. Pastoral Authority: Serving Something Larger 11. The Equipping Leader: Sharing Ministry 12. Dreaming of the Future: Offering Hope Conclusion Appendix: A Baptist Who’s Who Indexes




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