Introducing Practical Theology

Mission, Ministry, and the Life of the Church

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Pete Ward
  • Ada, IN: 
    Baker Academic
    , October
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shaun Joynt forthcoming.


This introduction to the field of practical theology reclaims a theological vision for the life and work of the church. Pete Ward dispels the myth that practical theology is a distraction from the "real" tasks of ministry or from serious academic theological work. He argues that practical theology is part of the everyday life of the church and that its location in congregational life provides an orientation and a methodology based on how practitioners pray, witness, act, and live out their faith. Ward challenges the distinction between applied theology and practical theology, thereby reintegrating a doctrinal orientation to the discipline. He argues that there are a variety of possible approaches to practical theology, helping readers evaluate the approach that is most appropriate to their ministerial context and theological tradition. This reliable, accessible resource will work well for those in training or in ministry.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Pete Ward is a Professorial Fellow in Ecclesiology and Ethnography at St. John's College, Durham University, in Durham, England. He also teaches at MF The Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, and has written in the areas of youth ministry, contemporary worship, theology and popular culture, and ecclesiology.

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