April 22, 2010: What I Am Reading This Week

“I want you to notice the second sentence [from the work of Richard Farson in Management of the Absurd] in that paragraph because I think it puts pastoral work in its proper perspective: Dealing with a predicament demands the ability to put a larger frame around a situation, to understand it in its many contexts, to appreciate its deeper and often paradoxical causes and consequences.”

Pastors are called to use “interpretative thinking” to help people in three ways:

First, pastors help people put a larger frame around a situation… Second, pastors help people understand life in its many contexts… Third, pastors help people appreciate that life is full of paradoxical causes and consequences…”

Judson Edwards
The Leadership Labyrinth: Negotiating the Paradoxes of Ministry

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