Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity William B. Kincaid

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Published: October 7th 2013

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200 pages


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Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity  by  William B. Kincaid

Finding Voice: How Theological Field Education Shapes Pastoral Identity by William B. Kincaid
October 7th 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 200 pages | ISBN: | 9.39 Mb

In Finding Voice, Kincaid employs an often used but somewhat elusive metaphor, “voice,” as a way of speaking of pastoral identity and contends that a lively, imaginative pastoral voice emerges from a thorough grasp of context, theology, pastoralMoreIn Finding Voice, Kincaid employs an often used but somewhat elusive metaphor, “voice,” as a way of speaking of pastoral identity and contends that a lively, imaginative pastoral voice emerges from a thorough grasp of context, theology, pastoral roles, personal journey, and systemic dynamics.

Designed as a text for the field education, contextual education, and supervised ministry experiences of seminary students and others preparing for congregational leadership, Finding Voice examines in depth how people are experiencing each of these constituent parts of pastoral voice at their student ministry sites not only to learn about each of the areas, but also to recognize and understand what is being called forth in the students as they engage these five key experiences and begin to visualize their future ministry.

The book further explores the opportunities created when the five aspects of pastoral identity are in conflict with one another. In the absence of any one of these or the imbalance of them, pastoral voice gets skewed, and vibrant, effective ministry is undermined. Finding Voice urges students to begin now, with field education, to engage a practice of ministry that is imaginative, courageous, nimble, and faithful.“In Finding Voice Kincaid urges seminarians to press hard into the formational possibilities that field education provides in order to nurture pastoral imagination and cultivate Christian ministerial identities of personal and theological integrity.

. . . As a guide to engaging field education, it is [both] practical and challenging for students and helpful and encouraging to field educators. Kudos to Kincaid!”—Matthew Floding, Director of Ministerial Formation and Field Education, Duke Divinity School“Finding Voice is an excellent discussion guide for seasoned ministers who wish to sharpen their own vocational self-understanding and clarify and strengthen their own voice. Eschewing easy prescriptions for ‘how to be a minister,’ the beauty of this book is it raises the right questions as we seek to understand who we are and what we are called to be and do as ministers of the whole gospel.

In a time often marked by vocational doubt and confusion, I commend this book to every minister-colleague, however new or experienced in ministry we may be.”—Richard L. Hamm, Senior Church Consultant and former General Minister and President of the Disciples of ChristWilliam B. Kincaid holds the Herald B. Monroe Chair in Practical Parish Ministry and serves as Director of Field Education at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kincaid is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with extensive congregational and regional ministry experience.



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