A Book Study for Congregational Leaders

The Pastor in a Secular Age by Andrew Root

April 16 – June 25, 2020

Presented by the Rev. Dr. Blair Bertrand

“How do we help those who no longer need a God encounter the living God in their lives?”

Many ministers feel pulled in various directions, unsure of how to communicate the gospel in a world that doesn’t seem to have ears to hear or eyes to see. This malaise has left many clergy burnt out and anxious about the future. This book study on The Pastor in a Secular Age by Andrew Root will help congregational leaders understand the cultural shifts that have taken place and the impact these shifts have made on their vocational calling. Not only will this book help leaders understand their current reality, but it will also open new ways of speaking about God’s action in the world that are biblical faithful and can be heard in today’s world.

About the Book

In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry.

Using examples of pastors throughout history—from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber—Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people’s experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.

*Excerpt from the publisher Baker Academic

Book Study Schedule

This book study will take place over a period of 12 weeks and will alternate between educational videos with accompanying study guides and live webinars.

April 16: Introductory Videos and Study Guide for the Preface and Introduction
April 30: Live Webinar at 1:15 p.m. (Eastern) and Study Guide for Chapters 1–4

Thursday, April 30, 2020
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Eastern)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
global.gotomeeting.com/join/628586981

You can also dial in using your phone:
1-866-899-4679 or 647-497-9373
Access Code: 628-586-981

May 14: Videos and Study Guide for Chapters 5–9
May 28: Live Webinar at 1:15 p.m. (Eastern) and Study Guide for Chapter 9

Thursday, May 28, 2020
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Eastern)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
global.gotomeeting.com/join/532834509

You can also dial in using your phone:
1-866-899-4679 or 647-497-9373
Access Code: 532-834-509

June 11: Videos and Study Guide for Chapters 10–12
June (Date TBD): Live Webinar with Andrew Root and Study Guide for Chapters 13–15

How to Purchase the Book

Order your copy of The Pastor in a Secular Age from your favourite online or local bookseller.

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Dr. Andrew Root is a professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a leading scholar in youth ministry and practical theology. Author of sixteen books, he is most well-know for his series on ministry in the secular age.
The Rev. Dr. Blair Bertrand is a minister in The Presbyterian Church of Canada and is currently serving as overseas mission staff with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian in the Synod of Blantyre. He is working with Zomba Theological College, Theological Education by Extension in Malawi (TEEM), and he is affiliated with the Blantyre Synod youth department. Blair and Andrew have worked together on many writing projects.