As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry

Carroll, Jackson W. As One with Authority: Reflective Leadership in Ministry. Philadelphia: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991.

Responding to a self-perceived "crisis of authority" among ordained ministers in mainline Protestant traditions, as well as to challenges to their authority among parishioners and the larger culture, Carroll relies on the "reflection-in-action" concepts of Donald A. Schon to propose a model of ordained ministry as "reflective leadership." The model is intended to encompass the distinct but related functions of representing the sacred both sacramentally and personally, on the one hand, and providing professional expertise which ensures Christian identity by interpreting meaning, forming community, and supporting the congregation's public ministry, on the other. Carroll urges that an ordained minister be understood as "a first among equals" within "the priesthood of all believers." (RG)