The Ezra model of spiritual disciplines: how Ezra serves as a model of spiritual disciplines for modern pastors
Bryan J Cook
This dissertation demonstrates that Ezra serves as an effective biblical model for the spiritual disciplines of confession, submission, and celebration for the modern pastor who is concerned for the spiritual growth and development of his congregation. This is seen through a critical analysis of passages in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah that demonstrate Ezra's practice of the discipline. Chapter 1 gives an introduction with the thesis, methodology, criteria for passage selection, deliminations, obstacles, goal, application to ministry, and theological considerations. Chapter 2 demonstrates and defends the thesis through a biblical critical analysis and theological study demonstrating the spiritual disciplines proposed and states a conclusion. Chapter 3 presents future plans of how these spiritual disciplines can be adapted for specific continued ministry. Six practical tools are provided.