To Be Loved or God's Beloved, What Defines a Pastor's Identity?

Full Title
To Be Loved or God's Beloved, What Defines a Pastor's Identity?
Author
Daniel S Hagan
Abstract
There exists for a pastor a tension between being loved by the people and living as God's Beloved. Expectations of the congregation do not always line up with the clergypersons' own sense of calling and perceived gifts and graces. Research included an ethnographic study, featuring both an auto-ethnographic aspect that considers the emerging relationship of pastor and congregation and interviews with congregational leaders and United Methodist clergypersons within South Georgia. Learning from Henri Nouwen, pastors can remain grounded in their true identity, Belovedness, through the four movements of the Eucharist: being taken, blessed, broken, and given.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Jeffery L Tribble
Language
English
Date
2017
Number of Pages
152
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