The Pastor in a Secular Age

Ministry to People Who No Longer Need a God

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Andrew Root
Ministry in a Secular Age
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , June
     320 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shaun Joynt forthcoming.


In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry.

Using examples of pastors throughout history – from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber – Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.

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

Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has written extensively about youth ministry. He is the author of numerous books, including Faith Formation in a Secular AgeThe Pastor in a Secular AgeThe End of Youth Ministry?Bonhoeffer as Youth WorkerThe Children of DivorceRevisiting Relational Youth Ministry, and Relationships Unfiltered. He is also the coauthor (with Kenda Creasy Dean) of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.


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