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Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today

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Social historian and pastor Joe Hellerman addresses issues of power and authority in the church--in the New Testament and in the church today--in a fresh, culturally nuanced way. The local church, Hellerman maintains, should be led and taught by a community of leaders who relate to one another first as brothers and sisters in Christ, and who function only secondarily--and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Kregel Publications (first published May 1st 2013)
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Joseph Hellerman is a professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Talbot. He also serves as a copastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Sungundo, California. The dual vocation of Bible scholar and pastor has allowed him to delve deeply into the Bible and ancient literature and discover implications for ministry. In Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today, Hellerman takes a look at the dynamics of power in the Roman culture of Phil ...more
Ben Connelly
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Needed reading in an age of individualistic leaders
Ron Starcher
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
It should not take another book to explain the radical nature of the way of Christ when compared to non-Christian society. However, sometimes we need to be reminded of the counter-cultural call of Christianity. This is the premise behind Joseph Hellerman’s Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today.
I admit that I expected something different from the book when I decided to read it. I anticipated another book on the wisdom of plural leadership in the
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G. Jorge Medina
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Every pastor, minister, elder, deacon and member of the board in the church should read this book!!!

Book Review: Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why It Matters Today by Joseph H. Hellerman

A fresh take on how pastoral ministry was done in the early church, contrasting the contemporary senior pastor model with a multiple elders model, which, the author contends was the way pastoring was done in the first century. Furthermore, the author deals with authority abus
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Kevin Sorensen
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a heady book. I know that I would not find most of the people in my congregation readily grabbing this book off the shelf and reading it. I see it serving an excellent place in the college and seminary, however.

That said, I will still recommend it, specifically for pastors and church leaders. It would be best to take a group of men through this book and learn mightily from it. Leadership could plow through it over a couple of months, but if the elders and pastors of a church find themsel
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David Shackelford
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought the scholarship in the first half of the book was good, and the case made for a particular model of leadership was strong. I recommend the book for anyone who cares about what church leadership should look like--it's worth the read.

That being said, it wasn't a stellar quality book as far as how it flowed. There was quite a bit of repetition of the same ideas constantly restated in different words (like most contemporary "Christian Living" books), and the conclusion and case studies cam
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Adam Shields
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short Review: I waver between 3 and 4 stars. In the end I am going to four because of the thoroughness of the initial two parts of the book. The first part is an explanation of the cultural or the Roman world, focusing on the honor system and the fixed nature of status. Then with that understanding Hellerman tackles the book of Philippians and especially Paul's famous chapter 2 description of Jesus. The book ends with pastoral case studies and illustration of a positive leadership model (and som ...more
Steve Johnson
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Great concept and I enjoyed the book, but I couldn't hand it to a layperson or even a pastor who doesn't like to read heave material.
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