Pastor as Ethnographer? a Dialogue with James Smith (2 of 3)
James K. A. Smith and Jay Greener discuss the idea of the pastor as an ethnographer. But what is an ethnographer? And why so important for pastoral ministry? Is it added burden to the pastoral Übermensch, or a necessary attribute for pastoral care? Listen to this discussion, as they affirm the importance of cultural analysis for pastoral care, especially in our increasingly post-Christian context, even as they connect it to the ancient, biblical idea of a Shepherd.
James K. A. Smith (PhD, Villanova University) is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, teaching in the Department of Congregational and Ministry Studies and as a Research Fellow of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. He has been a visiting professor at Fuller Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary, and Regent College. Originally trained in philosophical theology and contemporary French philosophy, Smith’s work is focused on cultural criticism informed by the Christian theological tradition. He is also well-published (for a complete list, see his faculty page), perhaps most recognized for his Cultural Liturgies project, including the award-winning first volume, Desiring the Kingdom, and the recently published second volume, Imaging the Kingdom.
Jay L. Greener (MA, Yale; MLitt, St. Andrews) is the Rector of Church of the Redeemer (Highland Park, IL), a Canon in the Shyira Diocese of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, and serves as Dean for the Midwest Region of PEAR-USA. He has over 25 years of ministry with churches and Christian organizations in Illinois, Connecticut, Georgia and Colorado. Canon Jay has a passion for worship and and a merciful heart for leading people into a life changing encounter with God through music, proclamation and sacrament, and he continues to lead and teach worship for conferences and other gatherings.