Walking the Tightrope: Civilian Pastoral Ministry and Armed Forces Chaplaincy
Dr. Michael A. Milton
Walking the Tightrope: Civilian Pastoral Ministry and Armed Forces Chaplaincy offers an in-depth exploration of the challenges, responsibilities, and blessings of a dual vocation as a civilian pastor and military chaplain. Dr. Michael A. Milton, drawing on his extensive experience, unravels the complexities of managing time, family life, and professional obligations in both realms.
The book is framed by Paul’s biblical admonition for Christian leaders to be vigilant and fulfill their evangelistic duties (2 Timothy 4:5). By highlighting his own experiences, lessons learned, and wisdom gleaned from biblical texts, Dr. Milton provides a thorough analysis of what it means to ‘count the cost’ in this dual role. Topics include balancing study requirements, pastoral care in both civilian and military settings, stakeholder engagement, and keeping family members informed and involved.
Ultimately, Dr. Milton’s work serves as an invaluable guide for those contemplating or already engaged in this challenging but rewarding path, offering reassurance that with God’s grace, this tightrope can not only be walked but also enjoyed.
- Seminary Students
- Newly Ordained Pastors
- Existing Civilian Pastors
- Military Chaplains
- Christian Educators
- In-depth analysis of dual vocations
- Scriptural grounding in 2 Timothy 4:5
- Real-life experiences and lessons learned
- Strategies for balancing family and professional responsibilities
- Reflective questions for further exploration
Dr. Michael A. Milton is a Distinguished Professor of Missions and Evangelism at Erskine Theological Seminary, a doctoral advisor for the Free University of Amsterdam, and a retired Chaplain (Colonel) in the US Army with thirty-two years of service. He holds multiple advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. from the University of Wales and a Doctor of Ministry in Higher Education from Erskine College and Seminary.
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