- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd (1 July 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0232523134
- ISBN-13: 978-0232523133
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ministry in Three Dimensions: A Theological Foundation for Local Church Leadership Paperback – 1 Jul 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Croft takes the threefold order (Bishop, Priest, Deacon) and illustrates how these titles all actually invoke qualities (strategic oversight, leadership, service) that are all to some extent relevant to each of these positions.
While I am broadly liberal of centre, I feel that Croft's ideas would be valuable to most considering training or in training. Croft is also endearingly honest about the failure of his attempt to "manage" his church rather than be its pastor in his own time in ministry (he is now teaching at theological college).
And his appendix on types of church, from family and personality centred to organisation centred and cell grouped is very good.
I found Steven Croft's book on leadership both informative and challenging. Though perhaps primarily written with a view for those in the Anglican tradition it is also relevant for those interested in the ordained ministry in the wider Church.
Evangelicals will enjoy it because it is thoroughly biblical and examines several key passages on leadership as well as exploring leadership throughout the history of the Church. Croft also scrutinises secular management/leadership models and argues for the New Testament model of diakonia, the servant ( one who is prepared to serve behind the scenes), presbyteros, the elder ( the minister of the word and the sacraments), and episcope (the visionary, Shepherd and enabler). Croft deals thoroughly with each of these three `dimensions' of leadership in the church, by first building on diakonia and arguing that this is the foundation of all the others and that though one becomes an presbyteros or episcope `The root of diakonia is in every sense the foundation of all ministry which is truly Christian, including the exercise of leadership'. This might be compared to the `New Calvinist's' leadership models of prophet, priest and king which precludes the same emphasis on servant leadership.
In Croft's discussion of diakonia he argues that this in fact is the neglected dimension of the ministry of the ordained, stating that `The attitudes and attributes of diakonia need to be acquired before those of the presbyterate or of episcope and are the validation and foundation of the second and third dimensions of ministry' also that it is `the most important ..Read more ›
This is a book which will certainly challenge some views of priestly ministry but can also inspire others to a more rounded view that fits with life in the 21st Century.
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An excellent book on the evolving ideas for leadership in the local churches. I found that it still focussed too much on ordained ministry and would like to see the ideas... Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by Bob Mathews
Clear language and application. Easy to read and understand. Full with insight from personal experience & wider experience from othersPublished on 25 April 2014 by C O Enwerem
On the Methodist candidates list - written from an Anglican perspective of ministry there are some very valuable insights to the work and calling of Ministers in the Christian... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by Mr Review