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Letters to Timothy: A Handbook for Pastors [Kindle Edition]

John R. Bisagno , Rick Warren
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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After nearly fifty years in ministry, Letters to Timothy is John Bisagno's retirement gift to younger and older pastors alike. A voluminous and comprehensive work, it is full of useful advice to ministers covering the “things that might have fallen through the cracks in seminary.” This book is a practical manual covering all aspects of pastoral life for clergy in churches of all sizes, locations, and denominations.

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About the Author

Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, in 1980 with one family. Today it is an evangelical congregation averaging 25,000 weekly attendees. He also leads the Purpose Driven Network of churches, a global coalition of congregations in 162 countries. He is the author of the international bestselling books�The Purpose Driven Life and�The Purpose Driven Church, and bestselling church campaigns 40 Days of Purpose and 40 Days in the Word.

John R. Bisagno is pastor emeritus of the 22,000-member Houston's First Baptist Church where he preached for thirty years. He has also authored twenty-five books and now serves on the adjunct faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bisagno and his wife, Uldine, have three children and eight grandchildren. They live in Houston, Texas.

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  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805423877
  • Publisher: B&H Books (June 1, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S26LE0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource and encouragement for pastors! June 1, 2004
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This is an excellent book for getting down to the basics of pretty much everything in pastoring and ministering in a church. It is not exhaustive by any means, but grapples with the most basic and difficult areas thoughfully throughout a host of varying issues related to leading the congregation

This book is excellent for a new minister, a great book for those with some experience, and could be used as a reference for seasoned leaders to get "another viewpoint" on a particular issue. I highly recommend this book! If you are looking for sound wisdom and practical advice in leading and pastoring people, as well as something to provide tremendous encouragement to you personally in your call to minister, this would definely fit the bill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Practical Must-Have for Every Seminary Student June 11, 2002
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If you are considering going into full-time ministry this book is chock-full of practical advice on service schedules, your personal calendar, working with committees, funerals, weddings, and many more areas of service they do not teach you in seminary. In addition to all of these "nuts and bolts", the book has a strong spiritual core, emphasizing your own devotion and time with God.
This book would help someone with a romantic view of ministry consider the real life challenges. It would help seminary students round out their training. And, it would help anyone in ministry learn from a master.
As a female, the assumption that the minister and deacons are male was annoying but understandable considering the background of the author. I am very grateful for this useful book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for PAstors and lay church members. March 5, 2014
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I got this book to fill a requirement for a class. I bought it for my kindle. It is easy to listen to when going down the road. Has a lotof information for the Pastor that is just starting out or looking for answers to Why?. Written to the author's son. It sounds like he is talking to you personally. Lay people can learn about the life their pastor and what he goes through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it May 19, 2013
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A must read for any pastor. Many practical tips and ideas that will be helpful in ministry. Great easy reading
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat helpful March 22, 2013
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This book certainly can't take the place of seminary training but it does make some good points re leadership - I donated it back to half-price books
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the practically minded pastor July 25, 2011
By shaun
Bisagno is an incredibly experienced and gifted pastor of God. He shares his wisdom and experiences throughout the ministry of his life in "Letters to Timothy," and provides a solid A to Z guide for situations and issues that many pastors will face. Though some of his writing is geared toward larger churches, both first time pastors and lifetime pastors will be able to glean practical wisdom and principles for a biblically sound ministry philosophy within the pages of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What you may not have gotten in seminary. June 16, 2011
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Tapping into his vast pastoral experience, John Bisagno provides insight on over 100 aspects of local church ministry. In a short and succinct manner, Bisagno shares very specific, practical instructions for local church ministry that are often overlooked by seminaries.

John Bisagno defines the roles of pastor, staff, committees, and all church positions. He offers step-by-step suggestions, providing structure and needed resources. Scripture references, although not always provided, are always in context.

Brief Summary
Part 1: Bisagno opens the book by describing the nature of the church and listing five ingredients of growing churches. The gifts, offices, and committees of the local church are also explored by looking at their purposes as well as how they can be most effective.
Part 2: This section examines a pastor as an individual, dealing specifically with call to ministry, the importance of seminary education, character, skills, and personal and family life. Bisagno offers helpful hints on time management, realistic expectations for pastoral ministry, and endurance in the service of the Lord.
Part 3: The spiritual leadership of the pastor is covered. Specific guidelines are offered regarding visitation and counseling, as well as conducting marriages, funerals, etc.
Part 4: The organizational side of pastoral leadership is covered, including dealing with tough decisions and opposition. Bisagno stresses the importance of unity among church leadership while warning that opposition is not uncommon and that some issues are not worth fighting over.
Part 5: In preparing a message, a pastor should state, explain, apply, and illustrate the main principle.
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JOHN BISAGNO is Pastor Emeritus of First Baptist Church of Houston. He has authored more than 30 books, including the best seller The Power of Positive Praying. Though widely regarded as the first megachurch pastor, John recognizes his first calling is in his own home. The divorce rate at his church is only 6%.

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