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In The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, the translator of the multimillion-selling The Message and the author of more than thirty books, offers his life story as one answer to the surprisingly neglected question: What does it mean to be a pastor?
When Peterson was asked by his denomination to begin a new church in Bel Air, Maryland, he surprised himself by saying yes. And so was born Christ Our King Presbyterian Church. But Peterson quickly learned that he was not exactly sure what a pastor should do. He had met many ministers in his life, from his Pentecostal upbringing in Montana to his seminary days in New York, and he admired only a few. He knew that the job's demands would drown him unless he figured out what the essence of the job really was. Thus began a thirty-year journey into the heart of this uncommon vocation—the pastorate.
The Pastor steers away from abstractions, offering instead a beautiful rendering of a life tied to the physical world—the land, the holy space, the people—shaping Peterson's pastoral vocation as well as his faith. He takes on church marketing, mega pastors, and the church's too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-filled job description of what being a pastor means today. In the end, Peterson discovered that being a pastor boiled down to "paying attention and calling attention to 'what is going on right now' between men and women, with each other and with God." The Pastor is destined to become a classic statement on the contemporary trials, joys, and meaning of this ancient vocation.
I enjoyed Peterson's reflections on his years of ministry and could relate to many of the experiences he had. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ivan G. Corbin
As I have been following God's path (including the decisions it seems I made on my own accord), into my vocation as pastor, I have been able to look back as Eugene did and realize... Read morePublished 3 days ago by matt
The writer is deep but understandable, honest but fair! While any follower of Christ will be challenged by it, pastors will be both encouraged and provoked!Published 4 days ago by Dan R. Francis
A must read for those seeking to serve in the pastorate. Peterson does a wonderful job connecting his points through narrative. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Paul Fritz
This is a captivating work of art. An absolute read for pastors, church leaders, anyone interesting in what it means to be a pastor.Published 2 months ago by Roberta Mosier-Peterson
There are so many things I loved about this book! The chapter about his first convert made me laugh out loud and I later shared that story with two missionary teachers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia hanslien
The books from Eugene Peterson were always interesting to me. As for this one I don’t like as much as the others. I don’t like autobiographies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Luis A. R. Branco