Academic journal article Theological Studies

Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers

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Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers. By Edward P. Hahnenberg. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2014. Pp. vii + 133. $14.95.

This slim volume is a gem. Hahnenberg packs considerable material into this inspirational text. His concise overview of the development of ministry pays attention to its required theological foundations. The book chapters follow a structure based on the first part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the United States Catechism for Adults, themes that find their basis in the Creed, as the chapter titles indicate: 1 Called, 2 By God, 3 Through Christ, 4 In the Spirit, 5 With Others, 6 For Others. This structure narrates a theology of lay ministry that culminates in a trinitarian model of ministry.

An essential dynamic of the book is the emphasis placed on dialogue between reflective experience and the Christian tradition. H. approaches the theology of lay ministry initially through the themes of vocation and calling. He contextualizes Catholic lay ministry within a broad historical and theological vista, providing a foundation in trinitarian theology, Christology, a pneumatological theology of charism, and a description of the evolution of ministry from the early church up to the post-Second Vatican Council Church. …

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