Item description for How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor: A Guide to Spiritual and Emotional Well-Being by Steve R. Bierly...
Overview Practical and encouraging wisdom to help small-church pastors understand why they often feel the way they do abounds in this book, as well as tips on how to recover personal well-being and the joy of a small-church ministry.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.02" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 17, 1998
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310216559 ISBN13 9780310216551 UPC 025986216559
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More About Steve R. Bierly
Steve R. Bierly is the pastor of American Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Deborah, and two children. He is the author of Help for the Small-Church Pastor and How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor.
Steve R. Bierly currently resides in the state of New York. Steve R. Bierly was born in 1955.
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A Humorous Homily on Helping the Small Church Pastor Thrive Jun 14, 2006
Steve Bierly is pastor of the American Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa, and God has given him a gift for being able to minister to the small church as well as to the small church pastor. With an infectious sense of humor, he discusses the things that can cause a small church pastor to become frustrated or stressed out, then he gives compassionate counsel on how to be good to yourself as you are being the best you can be for God.
He talks about how small churchaholics often think about their churches and their ministries all the time, often plaguing themselves with guilt along the way. He gives some telltale signs in chapter one: Wanting to isolate yourself from others, getting burned out from being around people, temptation to think more or less of yourself than you ought, and the temptation to get upset with God over the powers of darkness that people face in their lives.
Bierly also mentions how small church pastors feel like failures when their ideas are not embraced right away, and how they often get frustrated that they visit the same people over and over again who tell the same old tales over and over again, and how it often appears that our ministries are not making a difference in peoples' lives.
But help is on the way! Bierly reminds the small church pastor that it is God's church, that megachurch paradigms won't always fly in the small church, and that God is at work behind the scenes in peoples' lives and we need to stop focusing solely on the negative.
Bierly also recommends having outside hobbies, getting proper rest, eating right, and spending regular time with family and friends. In short, he suggests that as pastors, we need to pastor ourselves.
He also says that small church pastors often feel guilty because they weren't able to do everything they had planned out in their schedule books. He says that everytime we are called to make unscheduled hospital calls or attend unplanned meetings, or counsel someone that wasn't scheduled in advance, to write these things down in the planner and check them off as a reminder that we are getting done the things that God would have us to do that week, even if we didn't plan it to be that way ourselves.
He also says to be true to yourself. It doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that you have to have a regular quiet time first thing in the morning every single day. He even suggests (horror of horrors) that your exegetical and sermon preparation time can be incorporated as part of your quiet time with God. After all, why punish yourself and make you feel guilty for not having an 'official' quiet time when you have been studying and meditating upon His Word all week long?
Finally, Bierly reminds us that small church pastors are not Messiahs, that we need partners in ministry, and that we are to put bugs in peoples' ears, and let ideas simmer rather than trying to ram our agendas through.
The book made me laugh and it made me glad to be alive alive as a small church pastor. Bierly was my pastor while I read this wonderful book. Thank you Steve, and thank you Lord Jesus!
A Committment to the Small-Church Pastor May 25, 1998
Steve Bierly does an excellent and proficient job of expressing the very unique and strategic struggles that the Small-Church Pastor encounters.
Bierly uses a wealth of experience and illustrations any Small-Church Pastor (or anyone associated with Ministry) would instantely recall as a "me too" experience.
Because of the subject matter, there is a great deal of emotion that happens between the writer, the Spirit of God and the reader.
Ultimately, the book accomplishes a chief objective as A Guide to Spiritual and Emotional Well-Being [for the Small-Church Pastor].
I've already ordered [from this site] and had a copy of this book shipped to another Pastor friend of mine.