Book Launch: Ross Hastings – Pastoral Ethics

Date(s) - October 6, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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The Regent College Bookstore is delighted to celebrate the launch of Dr. Ross Hastings’s newest book, Pastoral Ethics: Moral Formation as Life in the Trinity (Lexham Press, 2022). Please join us in the chapel for an evening book launch hosted by President Jeff Greenman. Hear a brief talk by Ross, bring your questions to the Q&A, and stay for our book signing after.

When: Tuesday, October 6
Time: 7:30–9 pm
Location: Regent College Chapel
Join online: Visit at the time of the event to stream the event online.


Ethics is freedom in Christ to pursue the good, true, and beautiful.

Pastors regularly face concrete ethical questions. And they, too, pursue a moral life. In the busyness of ministry, it can be tempting to think pragmatically or derive one’s ethics from the latest cultural concerns. But standard approaches to ethics, whether deontological, utilitarian, or virtue-ethical, all fall short of being distinctly Christian. Ethics ought to be grounded in the gospel and in our triune God.

In Pastoral Ethics, W. Ross Hastings provides pastors an evangelical and trinitarian framework for moral formation and ethical discernment. For Hastings, ethics must be reclaimed as theological. Theology without ethics becomes gnosticism. Ethics without theology leads to legalism and death. Christian ethics participates in God’s life and God’s work. This communion with God leads to obedience to his commands as summed up in the Decalogue, and over several chapters Hastings provides a rich exposition for pastoral formation. Pastors find their identity in God, and this inspires right thinking and acting with regard to authority, life and death, sexuality, work and rest, speech, and desires.

An approach to ethics that prompts faith, hope, and love, Pastoral Ethics is an essential guide for Christians in all ministry contexts.


W. Ross Hastings (PhD, University of St. Andrews, Scotland) is the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Pastoral Theology at Regent College. He was pastor of Peace Portal Alliance Church in White Rock, British Columbia, for eleven years and is author of several books, including Theological Ethics, Echoes of Coinherence, and Jonathan Edwards and the Life of God.

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