Poor interpersonal skills are the primary reasons for minister failure. Though taught the important skills of how to interpret the Bible, how to discern and articulate doctrine, and how to direct worship services, ministers must be able to effectively communicate with a congregation. A minister must lead as a shepherd would lead his flock—by observing, nurturing, and communicating.
These essays from the faculty of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary serve as an e-book companion to the textbook Interpersonal Relationship Skills for Ministers, also published by Pelican. Realizing that ministers and members of the church face unique challenges in today’s changing world, Jeanine Bozeman, PhD, and Argile Smith, PhD, have compiled new articles to address these issues.
Designed to help ministers, seminary students, denominational leaders, and church members nurture their relationships with one another and with God, this collection introduces a range of topics. Included are strategies for using social media in order to reach ministry goals and tips for responsible electronic communication, which provide an updated view of discipleship in the face of a more introverted, digital community.
Several of the essays delve into the specific challenges that face a minister’s family, specifically the children. The information and insight contained in this volume encourage leaders and members of the church to embrace the personality of their respective communities, engage people in thoughtful and spiritual ways, and grow as individuals and as Christians.
This is the ePub/eBook version of this title. This is not the print edition.
About the Editors
Jeanine Cannon Bozeman is a licensed clinical social worker who organizes conferences for couples, youth, and family enrichment in the southeast. She served as chair of the division of education ministries and is a senior professor of social work at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Bozeman has published articles on relationship issues in national publications.
Argile Smith was the chair of the division of pastoral ministries and the director of communications at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Smith has written a number of Bible studies for Sunday school periodicals, and his articles on preaching and pastoral ministry have appeared in such respected publications as The Deacon, Church Administration, and Proclaim. He served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Biloxi, Mississippi. Currently, he is the president of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana.