Unit 5

Effective ministry happens at grass roots level. Human suffering is real, emotional distress is real, the horrible effects of sin on the whole human race is real – so then must ministry be real! Toler, in Part 4 of his textbook, talks about Leadership: how to recruit leaders, tips for training leaders, and seven teams you need.

Real-to-life case studies will be addressed in this unit of study that give you the opportunity to “test” your own discernment, counsel, and practical insight without fearing of failing in these hypothetical scenarios. The lecture, “Grief Work,” will inform this discussion. Instructor and peer dialogue is a healthy way to examine possible outcomes of these all-too-common types of situations in the local pastorate.

? Textbook: Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry
? Textbook: The Pentecostal Pastor: A Mandate for the 21st Century
? 5.1a PDF: Grief Work Lecture

See Unit Five Introduction above.

? Textbook: Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry
? Textbook: The Pentecostal Pastor: A Mandate for the 21st Century
? 5.1a PDF: Grief Work Lecture

1. Read Part 4: Leadership in Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry
2. Read Unit 6 in The Pentecostal Pastor: A Mandate for the 21st Century.
3. Read the “Grief Work” lecture. Be prepared to comment and discuss in The Apostle Paul Threaded Discussion.

One unit from now, you will be submitting your Exegesis of John 10:11-18 that models the life of a Shepherd. This unit’s textbook readings, lecture, and discussions to inform your preparation for writing that paper. Pay very close attention to the content of Unit 6 from The Pentecostal Pastor, specifically beginning at page 551 along with, Part 4 of Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry, “Communication” in your textbooks.
? Textbook: Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry
? Textbook: The Pentecostal Pastor: A Mandate for the 21st Century
? 5.1a PDF: Grief Work Lecture

1. Review textbook readings and “Grief Work” lecture.
2. For your initial post, discuss your thoughts about the following two pastoral scenarios:
a. SCENARIO 1: Grief Work
The pastor having officiated the wedding of this charming young couple whose relationship
seemed romantic, devoted, and committed, and several years having now passed, the husband’s
job was requiring periodic travel to distant cities. On a very dismal day in this family’s life, the
parsonage phone rang, and the pastor was told that this young husband had been shot to death,
and details were quite sketchy.
Immediately adjusting schedule to minister to the grieving wife and her extended family, the
pastor and his wife made arrangements to connect as soon as possible to determine how they
might specifically serve this family’s desperate and tragic need. Upon arriving, it was learned that
the deceased man had been “found out” by his mistress’ husband, who had forthwith retrieved his
pistol from the nightstand, required the offender to “drop to his knees and beg for his life,” then
cold-bloodedly shot him in the chest several times, the mistress standing by. The pastor is now
called upon to solace this family and preach this husband’s funeral. It is hoped that he may provide
counseling for this strickened wife in days to come as it has already been mentioned by extended
family members. What comfort can you offer this widow? How may you solace her? How will you
prepare to preach this funeral, especially as the chapel will be full, this being a huge media event in
the region? What will you say to “de-brief” the extended community and to offer hope to this
smitten widow?
b. SCENARIO 2: The Shepherd Sentinel
Pastor is pleased when anyone new comes to church! He is especially hopeful when someone connects who seems to have good ministry skills and knowledge of the Word – he’s always thinking of how to “plug” people in and use their gifts to bless the body of Christ. John Doe showed up three months ago. He’s a demonstrative worshiper and has quite an elaborate testimony — it seems every time testimonies are celebrated, John offers an additional insight about his deliverance and the power of God that set him free. Everyone is quite intrigued by his story, his charisma, and his ability to exhort and encourage. While Pastor has also been excited by John’s influence, he’s beginning to notice that John is unofficially “demanding” more and more time when he talks. Something inside the pastor makes him feel just a little uncomfortable about John, because his last several exhortations tipped off a bit of theology that Pastor does not agree with – some shaded suggestions of Unitarianism (Jesus only movement, baptism in Jesus’ name only, modalism: God 3 roles, not 3 persons; trinitarianism considered a heresy). Pastor’s wishing not to “react” – after all, John Doe is well-liked by everyone! And he certainly doesn’t want anyone to think he’s “jealous” of the pulpit or insecure about his own personal ministry. What would you do?

3. These are actual historical experiences. How would you handle these situations where you called upon as pastor to serve? Where possible, reference your lecture and your textbook. An exhaustive engagement of these is not expected, perhaps a couple of focused paragraphs each, but say as much as you need to say to answer these scenarios!

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