By Lisa M. Hess

ISBN-10: 1498211046

ISBN-13: 9781498211048

ISBN-10: 155635875X

ISBN-13: 9781556358753

Paradox and shock face those that pursue deeper religious perform, theological knowledge, or even a spiritual calling "into the ministry." Unbeknownst to incoming scholars, the pursuit of theological schooling in demonstrated associations at the present time furthers a religion that's recognizable in satisfaction and compassion, while it could actually simply as simply deform it right into a ethical responsibility and self reliant professionalism so divisive in contemporary non secular ecology. How could these drawn into ministry formation at the present time obtain its deep theological treasures and maintain a colourful religion with a theologically expressive satisfaction in a position to better half the ache of self and others?

Artisanal Theology explores the paradoxes and surprises that anticipate these jogging within the worlds of theological education--the neighborhood congregation, the academy, the tradition/denomination. half instruction manual, half witness, it bargains assistance for the trail of intentional formation inside of modern associations of theological schooling, whose riches could be mined in a disciplined non secular stewardship and down to earth in appreciably covenantal companionship. similar to artisanal bread blends the classical tools of bread-baking with glossy conveniences, so an artisanal theology depends the private and communal contact of human dating amidst the modern different types of programmatic theological schooling. An artisanal theology deals an articulate and traditionally-rooted religion standpoint grounded in covenantal companionships sustained in contexts of church, culture, and, most significantly, perform. eventually, an artisanal theology witnesses past the expected political divides to the Triune God-among-us, recognized in a theologically expressive satisfaction, capable of better half the agony of self and others.

"A conundrum confronted by means of many project theological schooling is that the improvement of contextual religious formation is one way or the other assumed--as if it have been a few derivative of years of rigorous research. the reality, besides the fact that, is this is sort of by no means the case, a fact to which becoming numbers of former clergy stand in testomony. In Artisanal Theology Lisa Hess explores the perform of this formation: its richness, its nourishment, and its worth for either the outward and inward orientations of God's presents in ministry."
--Dennis H. Piermont, govt Presbyter, Presbytery of the Miami Valley

"Lisa Hess is a clean and fantastically home-grown voice on the earth of theological schooling. interpreting Artisanal Theology is an adventure of what Hess calls 'expressive theological delight.' someone intending to be a devoted Christian within the seminary context--students and lecturers alike--will enjoy the deep knowledge during this book."
--Arthur Holder, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

"Those who train and write within the components of Christian schooling, non secular formation, sensible theology, and theological schooling frequently be afflicted by the twin challenge of articulating a transparent highbrow id and a transparent theological voice. not just does Hess no longer be afflicted by both of those difficulties, her paintings is a strong antidote for them. transparent, insightful, and creatively orthodox, this therapy of theological formation publicizes a robust leap forward for these laboring in these disciplines inside a occasionally unresponsive theological academy. Lisa Hess has to be heard!"
--Willie Jennings, Duke Divinity School

Lisa M. Hess is Assistant Professor of sensible Theology and Contextual Ministries at United Theological Seminary. She is notice & Sacrament minister within the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the writer of diverse articles at the modern demanding situations of religious practice.

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