Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Paperback, 9780802863201, 296pp.
Publication Date: March 2006
A veteran clergy watcher, Carroll uses data from what is likely the most representative survey of Protestant and Catholic clergy ever undertaken, as well as focus group interviews and congregational responses, to take a hard look at who is doing ministry today, what it involves, and how pastors are faring in leading their congregations. Significantly, his study covers clergy from a broad range of traditions -- Catholic, mainline Protestant, conservative Protestant, and historic black churches.
Replete with pertinent tables and figures, "God's Potters" culminates with specific strategies for strengthening pastoral leadership and nurturing excellence in ministry.