New Book: Entrusted to the Faithful

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Dr. Kenneth Coley, the Director of the Doctor of Education program at Southeastern Seminary has a edited a new book: Entrusted to the Faithful: An Introduction to Pastoral Leadership.

The book includes chapters by eight current and former Southeastern faculty members: Drs. Kenneth Coley, David Beck, Allan Moseley, Steven Wade, James Porowski, Larry Purcell, J. Gregory Lawson, and John Boozer.

With each passing year of the 21st century, pastoral ministry is becoming more complex. Leading a church is not easy. The contributors to this book have accepted the challenge to assist contemporary church leaders with this very real struggle. Entrusted to the Faithful is a valuable tool for an individual currently in ministry or for one who is preparing for future service in the local church. Filled with case studies and practical advice, pastoral staff can use this book for team building and problem solving. Instructors in traditional classrooms, hybrid courses, or online classes will find the format of the book ideal for university or seminary classes.

The authors of these chapters are superb examples of two qualifications: fidelity to the truth and ability to teach. In addition, they celebrate the significance of what the Lord has entrusted to them and eagerly commit it to you in the pages of this book. This work reflects several of the on-going tensions in contemporary theological education. The authors are at once scholars in their disciplines and practitioners with decades of experience in pastoral ministry. They have spent time both in dusty library shelves looking for clues to the answers to ancient questions and in dusty streets of a developing nations exploring contemporary expressions of these questions. The topics chosen for each chapter represent a dimension of significant importance in the local church as well as the subject of centuries of academic research and debate.



What Class Most Influenced You? (Part 6)

We recently asked several members of our faculty the following question:

What class from your own Seminary (or College/Graduate School) most influenced you and why?

Here are some of the responses we received:

Dr. David Beck, Associate Dean of Biblical Studies, Professor of New Testament and Greek (Ph.D., Duke University, M.Div., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary):

My first semester of Ph.D. studies at Duke University I enrolled in The Exegesis of the Greek text of the Gospel of John taught by D. Moody Smith. In that class I learned the complexities of the interpretive issues surrounding John, and the depths of meaning that exist simultaneous with the simple clarity of its powerful message of God’s love demonstrated through the glory of the cross. I learned from Dr. Smith that scholarly rigor can be practiced with genuine humility, and grace towards those who do not share your interpretive conclusions. That class birthed a lifelong love for the Gospel of John, and established a model for teaching that I still seek to practice.

Dr. Jamie Dew, Dean of the College at Southeastern, Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Support,Associate Professor of History of Ideas and Philosophy (Ph.D., M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary):

Christian Philosophy tied everything together for me biblically, historically, and spiritually in the Christian faith. Moreover, it gave me a glimpse on how to do apologetics and started me on the pat that I’m on now.