Women, Church, and Leadership: New Paradigms: Essays in Honor of Jean Miller Schmidt

Women, Church, and Leadership: New Paradigms: Essays in Honor of Jean Miller Schmidt

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Synopsis:
This book is about leadership, a scholarly and pastoral response to the urgent demand for the renewal of the contemporary Christian church. It challenges readers to articulate the identity and vision of the church in new ways, and encourages them to revitalize their ministry with fresh insight and passion from women's perspectives. The eight essays written by female scholars in relation to various areas of theological study and the nine pastoral responses to the essays written by ministers from seven different denominations, based on their experiences of actual ministerial settings, provide new paradigms of church leadership--theologically profound, practically relevant, and historically timely. This volume, a product of a collaborative process between academia and church, promises to be a most useful resource to renew the leadership of the church and its vocational commitment to the transformation of the church and society.

Endorsements:

"This is a book befitting the pioneering scholar and leader it honors. These essays advance the essential conversations required for contemporary church leadership with scholarly integrity and pastoral sensitivity."
--Lovett H. Weems Jr.
Professor of Church Leadership and Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

"In anxious and disorienting times, these essays provide refreshing and bold paradigms for the future leadership of the church. As befits the honoring of Jean Miller Schmidt, this is a clarion call that pulls us deeply into the leadership of God, that honors the fruit of our heritage, that focuses on the edifying experience of women and others whose witness has been marginalized as a way to the future. This volume is filled with grace, confidence, and vibrant hope."
--Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Murray H. Leiffer Associate Professor of Congregational Leadership
Executive Director of the Institute for Transformative Leaders & Communities
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois

"This volume is a welcome and much-needed addition to our discussion of church leadership, which is too often dominated by a single perspective. Eunjoo Mary Kim and Deborah Beth Creamer have collected a rich variety of voices who examine new experiences and paths of leadership, yet at the same time keep us grounded in faith and tradition. This book will be widely used and discussed in classrooms, churches, and denominational offices."
--Deborah J. Kapp
Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell Associate Professor of Urban Ministry
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois

Editor Biographies:
Eunjoo Mary Kim is Professor of Homiletics at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is the author of Preaching the Presence of God (1999), Women Preaching (2004), and Preaching in an Age of Globalization (2010).

Deborah Beth Creamer is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Library and Information Services at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is the author of Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608999019
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/06/2012
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Eunjoo Mary Kim is Professor of Homiletics at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is the author of Preaching the Presence of God (1999), Women Preaching (2004), and Preaching in an Age of Globalization (2010).

Deborah Beth Creamer is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of Library and Information Services at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is the author of Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009).

Table of Contents

Foreword Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore vii

Preface George E. (Tink) Tinker xi

Acknowledgments xv

List of Contributors xvii

Introduction Eunjoo Mary Kim Deborah Beth Creamer xix

Part 1 Women and Church

Chapter 1 From Side Street to Main Street: American Methodism in Social Contexts Gail Murphy-Geiss 3

Pastoral Response Elaine Stanovsky 22

Chapter 2 Inclusive Ecclesiology: A New Model of Hospitality Deborah Beth Creamer 26

Pastoral Response James Burns 45

Chapter 3 Holy Spirit, Communities of Faith, and Leadership Catherine L. Kelsey 49

Pastoral Response Eric Smith 63

Part 2 Women and Ministry

Chapter 4 Preaching as an Art of Shared Leadership Eunjoo Mary Kim 69

Pastoral Response Holly Heuer 89

Chapter 5 Drag and Other Practices of Unauthorized Leadership: GLBT Persons Working for Social Change in the Church Katherine Turpin 93

Pastoral Response Dan Geslin 108

Chapter 6 Leading with Grace: Authentic Leadership in the Church Melanie Rosa 112

Pastoral Response Penny Rather 123

Chapter 7 Women's Experiences and Intercultural Spiritual Care Carrie Doehring 128

Pastoral Response Elizabeth Randall 143

Part 3 Women and Scripture

Chapter 8 Zion as Refuge: A Metaphor with Implications for the Church in the Postmodern World Amy Erickson 149

Pastoral Response Janet Forbes 170

Pastoral Response Vernon K. Rempel 174

Scripture Index 179

Subject Index 181

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