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 have enjoyed all of Peterson's books but this one hit me deeply. After pastoring for many years and now writing/speaking about pastoring, I want every pastor, staff member,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chris Maxwell
As a newly ordained Pastor, this memoir is a great read. It came as a recommendation from a mentor Pastor of mine and is one I hope to recommend. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joshua McCaffery
I choose to read this book while on a week of vacation. I didn't agree with everything (thus no fifth star), but for the most part it was a good read. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Pastoral
Pastor Eugene hit a homerun on this one! Candid reflections of pastoral ministry are a invaluable tool for post-seminaries.Published 1 month ago by ManofGod
If you are a pastor or feel you are called to pastor read this book.Published 1 month ago by Robert O. K
This honest book by Eugene Peterson spoke deeply to my soul. I appreciate his countercultural approach to the role of a Pastor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Daniel C. Johnson
Every Pastor in America could benefit from this "read." Retirement in Montana has blessed this elder gentleman as he continues to be a positive influence in our lives and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, easy read. Full of real-life challenges of a pastor!!!Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Bond