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.
Peterson's memoir is as always thought provoking. Contemplating his journey made me contemplate mine.Published 1 day ago by Richard Taylor
Pastor is not a job, but a journey. Peterson invites us along as he chronicles his journey as pastor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Arnett
I remember lying in my bed. The weight of being a pastor was on me and I wanted it off. I knew I needed some help. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tasha M
I like what Peterson has to say here. So much so that I gave it to my Pastor as encouragement for his ministry.Published 2 months ago by Shrimp Boat
Excellent well written book. A wonderful insight into the life of a pastor.Published 2 months ago by Lkk
A great look into the life of ministry and the pastoral heart. This will humble you and prove reflection on your own ministry.Published 2 months ago by Brandon Morrow
Eugene will speak to you no matter how long you've been in the way of obedience and regardless if you're carrying a formal ordination or in your opinion volunteering in obscurity.Published 3 months ago by Papa from PA