As the contemporary church travels deeper into the postmodern era, modern methods of education and catechesis have remained. In this paper, a foundational set of principles drawn from Michael Gorman’s analysis of Pauline spirituality—known as “cruciformity”—is examined and presented as a lens to inform and support the teaching ministry in churches. Gorman’s thought provides a fresh way to understand the central theme of Paul’s correspondence to the first century churches.
The paper begins with a brief explanation of the current conditions regarding the adult education ministry of churches and then examines Gorman’s cruciform patterns of faith, love, power, and hope, in detail. With careful study and reflection on these four narrative patterns of Pauline spirituality, students can understand the gospels and the Pauline corpus in ways consistent with the crucified Christ.
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Pickett, Benjamin D.
"Through the Lens of the Cross: Cruciformity as a Model for Teaching Ministry,"
Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.acu.edu/discernment/vol2/iss1/1