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The temptation of many new ministers is to inflict their good ideas on an unsuspecting church. Over the course of seminary and internships, these well-meaning newly ordained pastors have constructed a house of cards that includes all of their theology, their critique of other forms of ministry, and their belief that God has given them a unique role to play in rescuing the church from whatever problem that currently plagues it. Once called to a church and given a measure of authority, these new ministers arrive with their carefully honed philosophy of ministry, their plans for revival, and their list of non-negotiables in tow. Pity the elders, deacons, or lay leaders who stand in their way!
Although failure might teach these new pastors a valuable lesson, it could irreparably harm the small, struggling churches that are more likely than most to call such unexperienced men to be their pastors. A better solution would be an older minister who could walk alongside the young pastor and give him advice based on his own decades-long experience in the church. If no such pastor is readily available, Charles Wingard’s book, Help for the New Pastor: Practical Advice for Your First Year of Ministry, is a worthy substitute.
Wingard - Professor - Theology - Reformed - Theological
Wingard is associate professor of practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, MS), where he also serves as the seminary’s director of field education for students preparing for pastoral ministry. This focus, paired with service in five different churches across the country, shines through in his winsome and very practical book.
I doubt that the author would mind my saying that there is nothing earth-shattering or surprising in his advice. Instead, he patiently works his way through the main headings of ministry life (preaching, counseling, church administration, and so forth) giving the kind of sage counsel new ministers crave....
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