Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

Ritual and Narrative for a Theology of Presbyterial Ordination in the Reformed Tradition

By Neal D. Presa

Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

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  • ISBN: 9781610976169
  • Pages: 376
  • Publication Date: 10/3/2012
  • Retail Price: $43.00
Web Price: $34.40
Web Price: $34.40

Here I Am, Lord, Send Me

Ritual and Narrative for a Theology of Presbyterial Ordination in the Reformed Tradition

By Neal D. Presa

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  • ISBN: 9781610976169
  • Pages: 376
  • Publication Date: 10/3/2012
  • Retail Price: $43.00
Web Price: $34.40

About-

Church leadership and authority have been perennial theological issues facing Protestant churches of the Reformed tradition since the sixteenth century. What is ordination and what occurs when the Church ordains women and men to offices are questions that Reformed churches have attempted to answer for over five hundred years. In Here I Am, Lord, Send Me, Neal Presa combs the rich confessional, constitutional, and theological tradition of the Reformed churches. He critiques previous methods that have tried to answer questions of the meaning of ordination, and then proposes a new methodology that focuses on the ritual and stories of ordination, the shape and content of an assembly's worship. This work provides pathways for deeper and helpful engagement with present church debates and ecumenical discussions on ordination and ecclesiastical authority.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Here I Am, Lord, Send Me offers analysis and answers drawn from liturgical theology, ritual studies, and narrative theory tested by grassroots congregational life. Presa offers a vital vision of unity with difference, shaped by tradition and hope. He traces the holy/human relationship of ordination that carries the three marks of Scripture, sacrament, and ethics, and highlights the significance of the Reformation contribution to the holy catholic church of Jesus Christ."
--Heather Elkins, Professor of Preaching, Worship, and the Arts, Drew University

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Neal D. Presa

Bio(s)-

Neal D. Presa is Associate Pastor for Family and Connecting Ministries at the one thousand-member Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. He holds a concurrent appointment as Extraordinary Associate Professor of Practical Theology with the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. He most recently served as Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), while serving as a solo pastor in New Jersey and on the faculty of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, where he taught worship and preaching. He is a member of the Studia Liturgica editorial board, and holds memberships with the Societas Liturgica, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and the Academy of Homiletics.

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