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Overview In The Art of Pastoring, pastoral counselor William Martin gently takes the hand of ministers teetering on the brink of burnout--and of others desiring to avoid it. Written by a pastor for pastors, these brief but potent contemplative reflections will help every Christian clergyperson to re-establish and maintain God-centered priorities.
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Studio: Vital Faith Resources
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.84" Width: 5.16" Height: 0.26" Weight: 0.32 lbs.
Release Date Mar 13, 2001
Publisher Vital Faith Resources
ISBN 1931551014 ISBN13 9781931551014
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More About William C. Martin
William Martin (BD, PhD, Harvard) is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Emeritus Professor of Religion and Public Policy in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Since his retirement from teaching in 2005, he has served as the Chavanne Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice. He has appeared on many national radio and television programs, including 60 Minutes, Nightline, 20/20, Today, Frontline, and All Things Considered. He has been published in numerous national and regional periodicals, including The Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire, and Texas Monthly. While researching this book, he was given exclusive access to the Billy Graham archives.
William C. Martin currently resides in Phoenix, in the state of Arkansas.
Spanish Language Biography: William Martin (BD, PhD, Harvard) el Profesor Emerito Harry and Hazel Chavanne de Religion y Principios Publicos en el Departamento de Sociologia de la Universidad de Rice, en Houston, Texas. Desde su jubilacion en el ano 2005, ha sido el Miembro Principal Chavanne para Religion y Principios Publicos en el Instituto James A. Baker III de Principios Publicos en la Universidad de Rice. Ha aparecido en numerosos programas nacionales de la radio y la television, entre ellos 60 Minutes, Nightline, 20/20, Today, Frontline y All Things Considered. Sus escritos han sido publicados en numerosas publicaciones periodicas nacionales y regionales, como The Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire y Texas Monthly. Mientras hacia su investigacion para este libro, se le otorgo acceso exclusivo a los archivos de Billy Graham.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Art of Pastoring Contemplative Reflections?
Christianity in a Taoism form May 23, 2007
excellent insights into the difficult tasks of being a pastor of a church
A book to quiet the noise. Jan 18, 2007
This is a book that I have used, loaned, lost, bought and loaned again. Now I just give it as a gift to any friend in pastoral ministry that seems to be giving too much. It is a book that will quiet the noise of constantly trying to be more than God calls one to be. I highly recommend it to anyone beginning their ministry.
The Word on the Way Nov 7, 2000
I have used this book for personal as well as community meditation ever since its first publication by CTS several years ago. As many others, I sincerely wish it were required reading in seminary and by corporate-type lay leadership who want a pastor to be a CEO rather than a pastor. I must disagree with the reviewer who faulted the book (modestly) for its lack of stress on the prophetic aspects of ministry. After all, wasn't Thomas Merton a contemplative who had a great deal to write concerning the prophetic issues of peace and justice, let alone racism? This book has been formative in enabling my continuation in ministry.
I felt like I'd had a good massage after reading this book. Jun 7, 2000
After 30 years in parish ministry, I wish I could have read this book slowly each year. I would have been more relaxed and focused. Martin takes the best from Eastern (Taoist) thought and puts it into a Christian framework. It's soothing. It's therapeutic. Especially for Type 'A' pastors like myself. We need these grace-filled thoughts to reflect on. My only caveat is a theological one. A few of Martin's reflections seem to blunt the edge of prophetic ministry--the concern for justice and equality in the world. It's that "everything is already perfect" Eastern notion. I realize the paradox involved in accepting "what is" in order to change or be changed. I wonder what Amos or Jeremiah would think about "everything is already perfect." That being said, I recommend this little volume for its peace-evoking words. I have used it in daily prayer to help me "let go." These words on page 24 keep ringing in my ears: "If you want to be a wise and true minister of the Word, work a modest number of hours each week, then go home." Amen.
A Lifeline for Pastors May 21, 2000
This simple book has been an important tool in helping me recover a sense of peace and serenity in parish ministry. The challenges and struggles of ministry are intense. The answer for me has been found in returning to a place of quiet, listening, and trust. The Art of Pastoring is a MUST READ for anyone in full-time parish work.