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Lives Entrusted: An Ethic of Trust for Ministry

Lives Entrusted: An Ethic of Trust for Ministry

Behind all the issues of ministerial conduct and character lies a simple reality. The heart of ministerial ethics and integrity, argues Barbara Blodgett, is trust — trust expected, trust earned, trust practiced. Trust, she says, is undermined by three trust-busters common in the church: secrecy, gossip, and lying.

For Blodgett, trust is not an emotion or intention but a transaction. People entrust each other with things they value, and that interaction endows a relationship. In the aggregate, they create community. By focusing on crucial practices of trust, a unique new framework for ministerial identity and ethics is created.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800663216
  • eBook ISBN 9781451404128
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date August 15, 2008