Pastoral Theology in the Baptist Tradition
Distinctives and Directions for the Contemporary Church
by R. Robert Creech
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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 26 Dec 2021
Baker Academic & Brazos Press, Baker Academic
“This book by an experienced pastor, teacher, and scholar is a wonderful gift to anyone seeking to understand the vocation of ministry in the Baptist tradition. The images of prophet, priest, and servant guide its insightful account of the call to care for and lead the people of God. The rich description is informed by rigorous biblical analysis, solid theological reflection, and diverse historical examples. This will be an important resource for years to come.”—Curtis W. Freeman, research professor of theology and director of the Baptist House of Studies, Duke Divinity School
“In Pastoral Theology in the Baptist Tradition, Robert Creech gives us a pearl of great price. This book is a rich and multifaceted resource for Baptist identity and history, truth and conviction on contemporary issues in the tradition, and a theologically robust vision for the vocation of the pastor and the witness of the church. Job well done!”—Jared E. Alcántara, associate professor of preaching, Truett Theological Seminary
“Robert Creech offers us a pastoral theology that ‘brings a shepherding perspective’ right out of his own shepherding experience. 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 not just to Baptists but to the whole church.”—Tod Bolsinger, associate professor of leadership formation, Fuller Theological Seminary
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This book should probably be on every baptist pastors shelf because it fulfills a massive need. One of the problems for baptists is that we can ignore our traditions history. This book gives not just a theology of what pastoring means, but particularly how the baptist tradition views pastoral ministry. The author takes pains to show the origin and why baptists do things the particular way we do. He manages to handle baptist disagreement well. He points out where those differences are and what drives them. He makes an effort to include a diverse amount of voices. He also never tries to speak for all baptists. He makes clear his own baptist vision, but presents differing opinions with respect. His chapter on ordination was probably my favorite and the most interesting. It also set the stage for the rest of the book. He repeatedly would have to circle back to baptist views on ordination and how that impacted each part of what being a pastor means. I found the book encouraging and helpful. Baptists might have a younger tradition, but there is a lot of beauty and much to be proud of. I was amazed to find out old some ways that baptist view ministry truly are. Baptist clergy should absolutely read this. I think even some lay baptist folks would enjoy the work as well. It is clearly geared towards those in ministry, but there is a lot of fruit to be found.