In churches today, there are ever fewer older pastors speaking into the lives of younger leaders, and fewer younger leaders feeling there is much to be learned from the experience of their elders. Street-smart wisdom is gone from training as there are many men and women preparing pastors who have never themselves pastored a church. Intriguingly, even older, more seasoned pastors yearn for insight into their task, as they remain "undiscipled" in the school of leadership. In What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, veteran pastor James Emery White provides the kind of mentoring young pastors desperately need but cannot get from academia or leadership books. These "from the trenches" insights will help them transform their relationships with staff and parishoners, develop healthy boundaries, deliver hard truths, avoid spiritual pitfalls, use their time effectively, and much more.
After countless hours of immersion in theological curriculum and grueling examinations, the long-awaited graduation from seminary has finally arrived. However, after that celebrated walk across the stage, and the turning of the tassel, now the true test comes. Although many graduates have traversed seminary training, the question remains, are they prepared to take the reins of that prospective church? In his eye-opening debut book, Dr. Derrick J. Hughes reveals why seminaries are not equipped to give the practical knowledge needed to lead a successful ministry. With over 30 years of experience in church planting and pastoring small, mid, and mega-sized ministries, Dr. Hughes’ pragmatic approach to ministry will benefit leaders of churches of any size. Church leaders will learn how to avoid some of the common mistakes that turn ministry into misery. Whether or not you have had formal training, Dr. Hughes’ insights will help pastors from any denomination avoid the pitfalls that cause ministers to quit or derail their success in the ministry. Regardless of whether you are just beginning or are a seasoned church leader, anyone called to Christian ministry will be informed and enriched by Dr. Hughes’ priceless jewels for practical church leadership.
Presbyterian Handbookhas informed and amused thousands of Presbyterians and other Christians with a distinctive blend of historical and theological information, fun-filled facts, and practical tips on being a churchgoing follower of Jesus Christ. Now comesThe Presbyterian Handbook for Pastors, which captures all the essential information any pastor needs to serve and lead in any situation in one volume. Complete with illustrations and bits of humor, this handy resource is ideal for Presbyterian pastors, lay pastors, seminary students, candidates for ministry, and all those seeking the perfect gift for their pastors.
Collects little-known stories about the heroes and scoundrels of the wild West, revealing what really happened to Butch Cassidy, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Crazy Horse, Geronimo, and the Yellow Rose of Texas.
I Have a Story to Tell You is about Eastern European Jewish immigrants living in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg in the early twentieth century. The stories encompass their travels and travails on leaving home and their struggles in the sweatshops and factories of the garment industry in Canada. Basing her work on extensive interviews, Seemah Berson recreates these immigrants’ stories about their lives in the Old Country and the hardship of finding work in Canada, and she tells how many of these newcomers ended up in the needle trades. Revealing a fervent sense of socialist ideology acquired in the crucible of the Russian Revolution, the stories tell of the influence of Jewish culture and traditions, of personal–and organized–fights against exploitation, and of struggles to establish unions for better working conditions. This book is a wonderful resource for teachers of Canadian, Jewish, and social history, as well as auto/biography and cultural studies. The simplicity of the language, transcribed from oral reports, makes this work accessible to anyone who enjoys a good story.
Life is a journey into the unknown. So is God's call into the Ministry. Though we're led by His Spirit, we still experience successes and failures...because we're human. We must be aware of hidden reefs that deceptively lie just below the surface of calm waters. They can destroy both pastors and their churches...unless we're prepared! In this book you'll read true life challenges that accompany pastoral ministry. But you'll also learn how to overcome them. You'll learn why pastors become discouraged and quit. You'll discover how to navigate challenges with both natural and spiritual solutions.
From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus called and equipped individuals who would serve his community of followers. These "shepherds" are called to preach, pray, and care for the needs of God's people. But what does it mean to be a pastor? And what is the nature of this ministry, according to the Bible? In Gospel-Driven Ministry, Jared Wilson begins by looking at the qualifications for the pastorate, addressing the notion of a call to ministry and how an individual--and a church community--can best identify the marks of maturity and affirm a call. In each chapter, Wilson looks at one of the core practices of pastoral ministry, including: Preaching Sermons Developing a Vibrant Prayer Life Caring and Counseling Pastoring Married and Single Gospel-Centered Leadership Fighting Sin and Spiritual Warfare Resolving Conflict Passing on the Ministry to Others In addition, Wilson provides practical resources including theological insights on baptism and the Lord's Supper, guidance for wedding and funeral sermons, outlines for leading elder and deacon meetings, tips for interviewing new pastors, questions to ask at ordination, and advice on knowing when and how to leave a pastor role. This is a comprehensive, practical guide to pastoral ministry that prepares new pastors and equips those currently serving for long-term, healthy ministry.
A comprehensive book for pastors on the issues they face every day, including burnout, finances, relationships, and decisions about morality. Written by six doctors from the Minirth-Meier Clinic, this compassionate look at the multifaceted problems clergy face is applicable to leaders of many different faiths.
What I Didn t Learn In Seminary is a book that leans upon more than 45 years of experience of its author. The book has serious and humorous examples of failures and successes in the real world of a pastor. It s Not A Sin To Look Stupid, is a chapter based upon a sermon originally spoken to help parents of teenagers. That phrase has been an often repeated one as parents grapple with their teenagers attire. Several chapters explain what parishioners expect from a pastor on his very first day on the job, fresh out of seminary. Other chapters deal with personal struggles that attack those in vocational ministry. The author reveals his own struggles, failures and triumphs. The Perfect Storm, chapter debunks the myth that any pastor can lead a growing church if he/she just follows certain formulas. The book is an honest confession about what really happens in the life of a pastor. It is a positive book that recognizes stress, difficult people and problems, but the theme is the joy and honor of being a pastor.
The ministry of William H. Weiblen at Wartburg Theological Seminary bridges the generations from the time of J. Michael Reu and the second generation of Fritschels to the present time of celebration at the seminary's sesquicentennial. This book captures the wisdom of Dr. Weiblen as he reflects on the missionary history of the seminary and the course of his own life. 'The Air I Breathe Is Wartburg Air' includes intimate conversations with Bill Weiblen and offers a substantial collection of his theological writings, addresses, and sermons.
Is the Old Testament relevant for today? Yes! Discover the unifying theme of the “Old” and “New” Testaments — and of history! — in God’s promise-plan first given to Abraham in Genesis 12. Cross-cultural workers and students of the Bible will discover valuable insights and new zeal for searching and communicating the Scriptures in this very readable book based on years of massive scholarship.