Pastor Daniel is excited, filled with big dreams, anticipating a bright future for him and his first church, Broadfield Community Church. Opposition and obstacles lie ahead, but amidst his trials and disasters, Daniel’s godly Uncle Eldon is able to offer wise and timely advice.
This carefully crafted collection of emails offers us a penetrating insight into the highs and lows of faithful pastoral ministry, helping the pastor and his people to grow in grace and love for one another.
From: daniel@ hubris.com
Sent: Monday 14 October, 6: 14 a.m.
To: eldon@ charis.net
Dear Uncle Eldon,
Church is miserable! I’ve been here three months now and things are not what I expected! Do you remember offering to send me advice whenever I needed it? Well, I need it now! Can you help????
Praise for Pastoring the Pastor:
“Convicting, compelling and ultimately uplifting; this insightful probing of the realities of pastoral ministry will make you smile, lead you to pray, and encourage you to persevere.”
Colin S. Smith ~ Senior Pastor, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, Arlington, Illinois & President of Unlocking the Bible
“In this earthy and attractive page-turner of a book, we are exposed to the whole fascinating range of church Life and Christian ministry, joys, scandals and all’
Richard Bewes ~ OBE, Author & retired rector of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London
“I plan to commend this book to our students here at Beeson Divinity School and to pastors everywhere who are called to the burdensome joy of shepherding the flock of God.”
Timothy George ~ Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
About the Authors:
Tim Cooper lives with his wife Kate and their four sons in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. Before taking up this post he was the pastor of LifeSwitch, a church in the Hutt Valley on the outskirts of Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.
Kelvin Gardiner has pastored churches in New Zealand, the Philippines and the US. For ten years he led a ministry leadership organization overseeing one hundred US churches and providing pastoral support for overseas mission teams. He and his wife Jill currently offer pastoral care for mission agencies in Asia and Europe.
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