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The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook for Pastors [Paperback]

By F. Belton Joyner (Editor)
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Does the same for pastors as the The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook does for its readers. This book captures all the essential information every pastor needs close at hand to prevail in any circumstance, and have a good and well-needed laugh along the way. Includes dozens of illustrations, maps, diagrams, and essential tips. Ideal for UM ministers and all who help lead congregations.

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A very handy handbook that provides amazingly essential information and practical tips every pastor needs to know, delivered with brevity and a good sense of humor.

Be prepared to laugh as you try to keep hold of the reins--like the circuit rider of yesteryear. The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook for Pastors gives serious information and practical tips to uplift your spirit and warm your heart. Like The Unofficial United Methodist Handbook for the well-informed churchgoer, this handbook for pastors illustrates timeless biblical truths in everyday living, making life easier--and much more entertaining. This book captures all the essential information every pastor needs close at hand to prevail in any circumstance, and have a good and well-needed chuckle along the way:
- How to Support and Empower the Church Council without Becoming a Dictator or a Wallflower
- How to Know if You re Called to Be a Pastor
- Ten Things You Should Never Say to a Church Member
- How to Recover from Christmas and Easter Overload
- How to Preach a Stewardship Sermon without Sounding Like You Are Begging for a Raise
- How to Keep Both Your Job and Your Family
- How to Use Your Family Members as Sermon Illustrations without Alienating Them or Boring the Congregation
- How to Retire from Ministry Gracefully
- What is unique about United Methodist Ministry
plus dozens of other illustrations, maps, diagrams, and essential tips This unique and incredibly handy resource is perfect for United Methodist ministers and all who help lead congregations.View the Table of Contents

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687641950  
ISBN13  9780687641956  

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F. Belton Joyner Jr. is a retired United Methodist pastor and author of "The Unofficial UM Handbooks" and "Being Methodist in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused Methodists "and many other books. Currently, he is a visiting lecturer at Duke Divinity School and member of Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church. He lives in Bahama, North Carolina.

F. Belton Joyner has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Just in Time! (Abingdon Press)

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For the UM Pastor and those considering ministry  Nov 21, 2007
This book is an easy read and occasional humor makes it enjoyable. Accurately self described as "seriously funny, seriously United Methodist." It is in outline form with practical advise. I will admit that a fair portion of the advise should be somewhat familiar to someone who has been involved with the church especially the UM church for a while. However, sometimes we pastors need to be reminded about the state of things, how they work and what is truly important. In the six months since I bought this book, I have scanned through it three times to remind me what I should and should not be doing. This book is a simple reference to ministry in the United Methodist Church.

Clergy from other denominations can look beyond some of the denominational information and will find plenty of useful information on the church and ministry.

Note: As a UM pastor in a large conference I take exception to advice on keeping the bishop informed about how things are going. In large conferences the district superintendent is the bishop's representative, but doesn't mention this until later in point 8. This is my only minor issue with this book.
Not what it was cracked up to be  Oct 18, 2007
I had read a review of this book and the Unofficial UM Handbook in the UM Reporter which made both seem like great purchases with a lot of great UM humor. The book is ho-hum and not worth the purchase.

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