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On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work [Paperback]

By Derek Prime (Author), Alistair Begg (Author) & Jr. Mohler Albert (Foreword by)
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Now in paperback, On Being a Pastor is an essential tool to help pastors fulfill their calling. A pastor's responsibilities are unique, demanding that he nurture his own spiritual life as well as that of the people in his care. Derek Prime and Alistair Begg provide practical advice for both the spiritual and practical aspects of pastoral ministry. Topics include prayer, devotional habits, preaching, and specific ministry duties.

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Now in paperback, "On Being a Pastor" is an essential tool to help pastors fulfill their calling. A pastor's responsibilities are unique, demanding that he nurture his own spiritual life as well as that of the people in his care. Derek Prime and Alistair Begg provide practical advice for both the spiritual and practical aspects of pastoral ministry. Topics include prayer, devotional habits, preaching, and specific ministry duties.

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Studio: Moody Publishers
Pages   313
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0802431194  
ISBN13  9780802431196  


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Distinguishes between a godly pastor and a merely professional one  Nov 1, 2006
This book presents a bold and beautiful picture of the character and spiritual life of a pastor. Originally written by Derek Prime as Pastors and Teachers (1989), Alistair Begg's contribution serves as an incredible enhancement to the book. Both authors of this revised, expanded edition of Prime's work are seasoned pastors. And their wisdom is strewn throughout every page.

While it is a rich treat to be able to walk beside these men as they wander through what the Bible says a pastor is to be and do, it is an added privilege to be let in on the relationship that these men have with each other. At times, this reviewer felt as though he were transported into a living room with a warmly lit fire, listening to these old friends chat about the task that God had called them to give their lives over to.

While the book moves through the biblical descriptions of a pastor, it is laden with entire pages where it is either Prime or Begg writing, commenting on what has already been said, making current application of the principles in each of their own lives. In these special parts of the book (which occur throughout), it is the seasoned wisdom of godly pastors that readers are able to observe. Moreover, they speak as men who have lived out the principles they are writing about. It is not theoretical pastoral musings, these men are authentic shepherds who know their calling and want to discharge their duty to the best of their abilities, by grace. Most often when the writers interject their personal thoughts and comments, Prime is followed by Begg. The comments made in this order marvelously show forth a symphonic order, granting glimpses into the authors' relationship, showing Begg like a student, carefully learning from his former pastor and mentor. Begg was Prime's ministry assistant while the latter was pastoring at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland. The book shows how that early relationship made such an enormous impact on Begg's subsequent life and ministry.

This book is not a manual about the nuts and bolts of pastoral ministry. It is about the biblical principles that separate a godly pastor from a mere professional minister, while offering practical tips throughout. Therefore, I would highly recommend this work to any pastor who is seeking to grow spiritually in his role as a shepherd, or any seminary student on his way to becoming a pastor. - Jason Sexton, Christian Book [...]
 
Wisdom from Experienced Pastors  Feb 9, 2006
While books on preaching abound today, books on the broader duties of pastoring are few and far between. Here is one to fill the gap. A revised and expanded version of Derek Prime's earlier book, Pastors and Teachers, this book is a comprehensive, yet remarkably personal, study of the art of pastoring.

Five basic convictions govern the content of the book, as outlined in the introduction:
(1) "Christ's special gift to His Church is the gift of pastors and teachers;"
(2) "The pastor and teacher is an elder among other elders in the local church" (regardless of whether the term elder is used or not);
(3) "The work of elders - by whatever name they are called - need to be encouraged and developed;"
(4) "Whatever the pattern is for shared leadership in the local church, there must be a leader among leaders;"
(5) "Both the pastor and teacher himself and the church fellowship of which he is a part need to be clear as to his function and place in the body of Christ" (p. 14).

The authors then devote close to three hundred pages to clarifying that function and place. Virtually everything is discussed: Call and Calling (chapter one), Life and Character (chapter 2), Goals and Priorities (chapter 3), Prayer (chapter 4), Devotional Life (chapter 5), Study (chapter 6), Preaching (chapter 7), Pastoral Care (chapters 8-9), The Conduct of Worship (chapter 10), Leadership (chapters 11-12), Family and Leisure (chapter 13), and "Perils Tempered by Privileges" (chapter 14).

One of the unique aspects of the book is the inclusion of personal insights from each of the authors. The chapters usually begin by laying out general principles, but then include personal testimony from either Prime or Begg (or both) on how they apply those principles in their own ministry contexts. Having perspective both from an older, pastor of a smaller church (Prime), as well as a younger pastor of a larger, urban church (Begg) gives the book a sense of balance, making it useful to any pastor, regardless of his context for ministry. One of the most valuable portions of the book is the discussion on "the special pressures that may be upon a pastor's wife" (p. 269-279).

Finally, the book is well laid-out, making it easy to navigate. The thorough table of contents (including sub-headings in the chapters) allows On Being a Pastor to function like an encyclopedia on pastoral responsibilities.

 

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