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Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically (MacArthur Pastor's Library) Hardcover – August 21, 2005

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • Series: MacArthur Pastor's Library
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418500062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418500061
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By In Process on December 14, 2009
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The subtitle says it all - "How to Shepherd Biblically." John MacArthur and the Master's Seminary Faculty did a great job writing this book to "call pastors back to the Scriptures as the authoritative basis for developing a philosophy of ministry." This is a great companion to his other books, "Preaching Biblically" and "Master's Plan for the Church."

In summarizing my thoughts on this book, I divide the book into two general categories:

1.) What is a Pastor to BE?
The Pastor is to be humble (pg 15-23) which includes confidence in God's power, committed to God's trust (1 Thes 2.3), commissioned by God's will (1 Thes 2.4), compelled by God's knowledge, consumed with God's glory (2 Cor 3:7-11, 4:7, 1 Thes 2:6). He is to be "above reproach" and meet the other qualifications in Titus 1 and 1 Tim 3 (each qualification is examined on pgs 67-80). He must be called which includes confirmation, abilities, longings and lifestyle (pg 81-91). He is to be trained with godly character, biblical knowledge, and ministry skills (pg 92-106) and ordained (pg 107-117).

2.) What is a Pastor to DO?
The primary objective in shepherding God's flock is to FEED them, that is, he must be "able to teach" them the word of God (1 Tim 3.2, Titus 1.9). In 1 and 2 Timothy, Paul gives pastoral instructions to Timothy to preach, refute, be an example, be diligent, and to suffer (pg 25-26). The Pastor is to equip the members of the congregation so they will use their spiritual gifts to edify one another (pg 55-58). He is to lead the church in the 7 ministries as recorded in scripture: the word, fellowship, Lord's Supper, prayer, outreach, missions, interchurch fellowship (pg 59-63).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By youarecoverednow on March 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am careful as I stand humbled by the great many things that the Lord has done through John MacArthur and careful in my approach to the this book.

The outines, precepts and plans of actions are all superlative and his desire to return over and over to the authority of the Word of God is sorely needed in this day of situational ethics and the search for "relevance." This read is a must in everyway if you want to develop a godly Pastorate and growing church.

I just recently finished a class on Pastoral leadership for my M.Div program and had to write a review for this very book and the only critique is one I have had with him for many years ( save his wrong position on the blood) and that is he again leaves 99.9% of all the work of the caring for the flock i.e. hands on to the Deacons and other staff. He goes on to say if you have a calling to meet folks physical needs you should resign the Pastorate and give it to someone who is solely interested in the ministry of the word. ( paraphrase) This has always been his position and one I will until we get it straightened out before the Lord...lol....disagree with him. There is a balance in the minstry and the Shepherd of the Flock has to get down in the mud with the sheep and lift them up sometimes and it aint' the business of the shepherd boys to do it all.

Good Read!!!
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I am usually a fan of most of MacArthur's writings (this one is a collaboration with other authors as well) but this was the book where I most disagreed with the writings or was left with a lot more questions.

First of all, this book is a decent book for those looking to go into ministry. It is not really good enough for a current pastor or someone a bit more mature than college-age. It's a good introduction book and covers the needed points for holding the office of pastor.

This book is very underwhelming. For a book with MacArthur's name attached to it I expected a lot more out of it. For example, when on the two chapters on prayer there are claims made to the fact of "pray for God's provision when deciding to undertake a project. Yes, very true. But there is no "and then"! And then, try and do it and see if you fail? How long do you wait for answer? Do you listen for a voice, a feeling, a "coincidental" contact from someone? Pray for God's provision when making a decision. Agreed! But if you're in a church meeting, do you wait? Make a decision that doesn't seem like sin? Bring it up only to come back in a month to see if prayer was answered? Would have loved to have some examples.

Another big area that seemed very odd was when MacArthur pretty much states that if you were chosen for ministry God would bless you by ensuring your kids would be saved. A previous chapter talked about making sure you were indeed called to the ministry and not just something you want to do. A logical conclusion is that if you become a preacher and honestly felt God's calling but your kids didn't end up being saved than you were never called and your ministry work was in vain.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Cloud on September 17, 2007
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This book is a great resource for any pastor's library. It goes through step by step on how to be an effective pastor and how to nurture the congregation into sheep worthy of the Good Shepherd.
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