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"Convicting, compelling and ultimately uplifting; this insightful probing of the realities of pastoral ministry will make you smile, lead you to pray, and encourage you to persevere." ~ Colin S. Smith (Senior Pastor, The Orchard, Arlington & President, Unlocking the Bible)

"In this earthy and attractive page-turner of a book, we are exposed to the whole fascinating range of church Life and Christian ministry, joys, scandals and all' ~ Richard Bewes (Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, OBE)

"I plan to commend this book to our students here at Beeson Divinity School and to pastors everywhere who are called to the burdensome joy of shepherding the flock of God." ~ Timothy George (Founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama)

"I could scarcely put this book down as I relived the pitfalls and missteps of the early days of pastoral ministry, but then the glories of wisdom, perseverance, and hope that gradually emerges. No matter what your pastoral setting, this book will help you get - or stay - on the paths of righteousness." ~ Greg Scharf (Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois)

"This is a book that ought to be read not only by everyone in, or preparing for, pastoral ministry; but also by every church member who wants an insight into the ups and downs of their pastor's life. It highlights central principles of ministry, is full of good advice for a multiplicity of difficult pastoral situations, warns of temptations and snares as well as sharing with us the happier occasions of ministry, and all in the highly readable style of a series of email exchanges. Read it and discover why 'Everyone needs an Eldon." ~ Hector Morrison (Principal, Highland Theological College, Dingwall)

"This heartwarming (and at times heart-wrenching) story of the downs and ups of ministry and church life offers the kind of practical and godly wisdom that will help pastors (and those they shepherd) towards a realistic appreciation of what really matters as we serve Christ and his people." ~ John Woodhouse (Retired Principal and Lecturer in Doctrine and Old Testament, Moore College, Sydney, Australia)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. Halloran on July 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I first read "Pastoring the Pastor" for a pastoral intern study group and really loved it and grew from reading it.

The format is a series of emails between a rookie pastor (Daniel) and his veteran-pastor uncle Eldon. Fresh out of seminary, Daniel entered the pastorate into a church that had trouble holding onto pastors. Immediately problems surface for Daniel, exposing his naivety and the unrealistic expectations he had entering the pastorate.

He pleads for wisdom and counsel from his uncle in an email and starts a great mentoring relationship with his seasoned uncle which we observe over the course of the whole book.

Strengths of this book:
-Character development. The authors do a great job developing characters and showing common personalities existing in many churches.
-Humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times reading this book. I don't want to spoil anything, so you'll have to read it yourself.
-Realistic showcasing of struggles of a pastor and struggles of his church
-It is an interesting story that teaches lessons and ministry principles powerfully.
-Format. It has an addicting format. Emails range from a quick note to a few pages long, which led me to keep saying, `Maybe I'll read just one more email!'

Weaknesses:
-Nothing. The only thing I was disappointed with is the fact that it had to end!

I would highly recommend this book for anyone going into the pastorate. It is a must read for those in seminary or going into the ministry.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin P. Halloran on July 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I first read "Pastoring the Pastor" for a pastoral intern study group and really loved it and grew from reading it.

The format is a series of emails between a rookie pastor (Daniel) and his veteran-pastor uncle Eldon. Fresh out of seminary, Daniel entered the pastorate into a church that had trouble holding onto pastors. Immediately problems surface for Daniel, exposing his naivety and the unrealistic expectations he had entering the pastorate.

He pleads for wisdom and counsel from his uncle in an email and starts a great mentoring relationship with his seasoned uncle which we observe over the course of the whole book.

Strengths of this book:
-Character development. The authors do a great job developing characters and showing common personalities existing in many churches.
-Humor. I found myself laughing out loud several times reading this book. I don't want to spoil anything, so you'll have to read it yourself.
-Realistic showcasing of struggles of a pastor and struggles of his church
-It is an interesting story that teaches lessons and ministry principles powerfully.
-Format. It has an addicting format. Emails range from a quick note to a few pages long, which led me to keep saying, `Maybe I'll read just one more email!'

Weaknesses:
-Nothing. The only thing I was disappointed with is the fact that it had to end!

I would highly recommend this book for anyone going into the pastorate. It is a must read for those in seminary or going into the ministry.

@Kp_Halloran
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James R. V. Matichuk on September 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
In Pastoring the Pastor Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner tell the story of Daniel Donford, the new minister at Broadfield Community Church. Like many young ministers, pastor Dan begins his ministry feeling self assured that he has the right skills and techniques to grow the church (applying the techniques of his favorite church growth guru). It doesn't take him very long in ministry to discover that what he thinks will work and what actually works, is not necessarily the same. Lucky for him, pastor Dan has an uncle who spent 38 years in ministry with the same church and has years of wisdom to impart. In a series of back and forth emails, Uncle Eldon guides young Dan in how to keep his priorities straight in ministry, make sure he is attending to proper soul care, helps him deal with conflict and difficult people in the church and power struggles, encourages to make sure he develops a proper support network, and guides him how to offer pastor care to parishioners and a minister friend caught in the vise of pornography.
The entire book is made up of a series of emails, mostly between Dan and Eldon, though we also get to hear from parishoners about what they think about their new minister. Despite my skepticism of didactic fiction (fiction who's primary aim is to teach you something) I was engaged by the story and found that the fictional uncle Eldon had lots of wisdom to impart. I would recommend this book for seminarians and those who are in ministry (certainly others could read it fruitfully but I think the audience who would benefit most from it are those). The content and language of this book assumes that the pastor is male, so my ordained female friends would have to make some adjustments but the advice is biblically sound and wise.
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Ministry is hard but necessary work. The Christian lives with the daily tension of being in the world while not being of the world as they are adopted by a King in Jesus whose kingdom is never ending. To help equip the saints for the work of ministry, Pastors are charged with feeding the flock through the preaching of the Word, giving pastoral care and overseeing the flock of God. Young Pastors especially need guidance and mentors to help navigate the many difficult situations that ministry brings not to mention guidance on how to navigate their own lives.

One of the more encouraging themes I've noticed in recent books coming out is to help the Pastor with his own spiritual growth. This theme continues in the helpful new book Pastoring the Pastor Emails of a Journey through Ministry by Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner. This book chronicles the journey of Daniel Donford into ministry and his ministry as a Pastor. Daniel as a new pastor is excited filled with bright dreams and a big future for his new church. Discouragement lies just around the corner as opposition and obstacles lay ahead of him threatening to end his journey into pastoral ministry before it has even begun. Thankfully Dan has his Uncle Eldon: a wise, experienced firm, but understanding Pastor. Eldon as an experienced pastor helps Dan to navigate through his trials and disasters. The wisdom Eldon offers through a series of emails help Dan to see himself as he really is, in need of the mercy of God and helps Dan transform into a mature, selfless, loving pastor God wants him to be.

Pastoring the Pastor is a book I whole heartedly recommend.
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