Summary of My New Book: The Pastoral Leader as a Prophet – The Baptist Pastor Arnold Köster (1896–1960) in Opposition to the Nazis

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But attention: It is written in German language. Here is a short summary in English:

The Pastoral Leader as a Prophet
The Baptist Pastor Arnold Köster (1896–1960) in Opposition to the Nazis

This book is about the life and leadership of the Baptist preacher Arnold Köster (1896–1960). He is considered one of the sharpest and steadiest NS critics in the Third Reich. During the Third Reich he prophetically proclaimed the word of God while leading his church in Vienna and, at the same time, questioning the Nazi regime.
The work contains a complete account of Köster’s leadership. It presents, for the first time ever, an overall picture of Köster’s understanding of prophecy and discusses more recent models of prophetic-pastoral leadership. Based on quotations from his sermons, it becomes clear that Köster assigned the prophetic office to the entire congregation, but rejected the term “prophet” for himself (Köster’s paradox).
The emphasis here is on Köster in the context of the German Baptist Union and its conduct during the Nazi era. By way of contrast, it is clear that Köster, along with his local fellowship, put up resistance on the subject of church-prophecy.
Finally, with the matter of what today’s leaders can learn from Köster is addressed.

Baptists, Union of Evangelical Free Churches, Third Reich, Leadership, National Socialism, Pastor, Prophet, Preacher, Preaching, Resistance

Gutes Zitat Nr. 41 / Brilliant Quote No. 41

“Predigen ist für mich ein dualer Prozess. Einerseits muss ich versuchen, die Seele eines jeden Einzelnen zu verändern, damit sich die Gesellschaft verändern kann. Andererseits muss ich versuchen, die Gesellschaft zu verändern, damit sich jede einzelne Seele verändern kann. Darum muss ich mir über Arbeitslosigkeit, Slums und wirtschaftliche Unsicherheit Gedanken machen”.

“Above all, I see the preaching ministry as a dual process. On the one hand I must attempt to change the soul of individuals so that their societies may be changed. On the other I must attempt to change the societies so that the individual soul will have a change. Therefore, I must be concerned about unemployment, slums, and economic insecurity”.

Martin Luther King Jr., aus Clayborne Carson 2001, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., Seite 19