This Friday I am teaching at Cranmer Hall‘s “Explore Day,” from 10:30–4:00 (yes, there will be breaks in between, plus lunch!). The idea is to “explore” ministry-related themes in a biblical text (or collection of texts, as it were). Here is my outline for the day. If you are local and interested, email cranmer.admin@durham.ac.uk to register.

Community and Ministry in the Gospels and Letters of John

I. Introduction

“Narrative Ecclesiology”: The Johannine Community & the Johannine Vision of Community

 II. Community

No Christless Church, nor Churchless Christ: The Ecclesial Christology of the Prologue

Corporate “Divinization”? The Fourth Gospel’s Communal Vision of Divine Participation

Born from Above: The Church of a New Humanity

“Characterizing” Johannine Participation: The Man Born Blind, the Beloved Disciple, and Peter

The Ecclesiology of the Shema: One God, One Shepherd, One People

Low Church or High? The Johannine Ecclesial Practices and Leadership Structure

III. Ministry

The Good Shepherd and the Cross: The Johannine Vision of Pastoral Ministry

John the Baptist and Celebrity Preachers: Christological Redirection and Ecclesial Assimilation

“Lord, what about him?” Vocational Envy and Ministerial Competition

Pastoral Hermeneutics and “Writing” as Ministry: John 21:25 and 1 John 5:13

“Paraclete”: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Building an Inclusive Community or an Introspective Sect? The Love Commands, Pastoral Ministry, and the Johannine Epistles

Conflict Management: “They went out from us”—A Johannine Vision of Broken Community

 

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