This book is a series of brief essays written by pastors about the challenges of shepherding a congregation. One of the editors calls it “an exercise in the discipline of confession.” Remembrance is also highlighted as a key spiritual practice.
“We want to remind ourselves of God’s work in our lives as He has conformed us into the image of Jesus and molded us into (hopefully) more faithful followers and more careful and helpful shepherds.”
Topics discussed include:
- Taking the Pastorate for granted
- Sexual purity
Each theme has one chapter written by a young pastor, and one by an older pastor. If you are not in ministry yourself, you should still read this book for a better understanding of the problems pastors encounter. The ministry is not easy; it requires the ability to properly order priorities, persevere in the face of difficult circumstances and lead others while also acknowledging your own sins and shortcomings.
The topics covered are relevant to all church leaders, and in fact every Christian. I especially liked the chapters on patience and reconciliation (which probably needs I need to work on these things!)
VERDICT: 5 Stars. Very interesting and readable.
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