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Overview Are you disillusioned with your church---and your own ability to shepherd others? Here's encouragement to bloom where the Lord has planted you. Practical insights on preventing spiritual drought, growing in leadership, and more will help you nurture the seeds of faith in your congregation and reap a harvest of souls for God. 264 pages, hardcover from Regal.
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H. B. London Jr. is vice president of church, clergy, and medical outreach for Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A fourth-generation minister, he was a pastor for 31 years before joining Focus on the Family. He was the former host of a daily radio program, Lifeline to Truth, in Salem, Oregon, and in the Los Angeles area, as well as host of a weekly television program, A New Way to Live, in Portland, Oregon. He is the coauthor, with Neil B. Wiseman, of Pastors at Greater Risk, For Kids' Sake, and The Shepherd's Covenant for Pastors. Neil B. Wiseman is a veteran pastor, clergy educator, writer, editor, and small church consultant. Perhaps his foremost passion in life and ministry has been the development of pastors. He has been a pastors' advocate through his writings, editing, and publication of more than thirty books. He has also worked in the area of pastoral development in clergy education at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs. Beyond the classroom, Dr. Wiseman founded the quarterly magazine GROW; was the founder of Preaching Today, a monthly audio sermon resource now produced by Christianity Today; founded and directed Small Church Institute; and served as pastor to local congregations for twenty years.
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Encouraging Words for Workers in God's Vineyard Jan 12, 2007
Every once in a while, pastors need a pick me up. That's what this book is. This book encourages pastors to rediscover the joy of their calling, to have fresh encounters with God by making room for time in the Word and prayer, and by remembering that even the routine tasks of ministry are holy assignments from the Lord.
London and Wiseman also remind us of the perks of pastoring: flexible hours, the privilege of being with people during the most tender moments of their lives, and watching people grow physically and spiritually in Christ.
They also talk about the importance of being real with God, of cultivating our credibility, and making sure that we ourselves are living holy and pure lives.
There is also a chapter where the authors encourage pastors to dream big dreams for their ministries and their lives. This advice is counter to what you hear in other pastoral ministry books, where a minister is often cautioned to keep their expectations and dreams as small as possible so that they will not become disillusioned (I actually read this in "What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary" by Minirth and Meier!).
I like how at the end of each chapter, there are devotionals to build up the beleaguered minister and to strengthen those who are struggling with burnout.
I've read numerous books like this before, but this is one of the better ones, and it only takes a few hours to go through it. I recommend it!
Encouragement--for pastors of all kinds Nov 9, 2006
Just got my copy of The Heart of a Great Pastor! Wow! As a veteran pastor, I know that vision and passion can dim from time to time. Here is a book to re-energize you and restore your love for shepherding. This is a beautiful and significant revision of a classic. I wish someone from my congregation had given me a copy of the original years ago - but I'm glad I bought the updated version. Outstanding!
What will it take for you to start blooming? Nov 7, 2006
Neil and H.B. have again challenged the heart of the pastor to become all they can be with God's divine help! Their years of experience and teaching pastors sift through all of the excuses to get down to the real issues of whether or not God is the one who has called the pastor or not. And if He has, then He is more than willing and able to create something wonderful no matter where that place might be. The question always comes down to whether or not the pastor will step up to the plate and trust God for himself/herself AND for the future of the church. This book is a good reminder for every pastor to read on a regular basis.