- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Founders Press (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0971336156
- ISBN-13: 978-0971336155
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry Paperback – January 1, 2004
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"Timothy," like Ira Pointer in Richard Belcher's series of books that began with Journey in Grace, is a fictional pastor. Unlike Ira Pointer, whose story is filled with other fictional characters, Timothy receives 20 different letters from real-life pastors who encourage and warn him about the privileges and pitfalls of the ministry. Timothy and his wife, Mary, are parents of a two-year-old and are expecting their second child. Timothy is 26 years old, a seminary graduate who has just finished his first six months of pastoral ministry. The book is designed to profit those presently in pastoral ministry and those considering it.
Dear Timothy presents aspects of the ministry that all pastors should heed. The book is edited by one of the contributors, Tom Ascol, and features chapters by a variety of pastors, mostly from Reformed and Baptist backgrounds. Other contributors include Conrad Mbewe, Tedd Tripp, Ted Christman, Andy Davis, Martin Holdt, C. J. Mahaney, Mark Dever, Bill Ascol, Fred Malone, Raymond Perron, Ligon Duncan, Joel Beeke, Roger Ellsworth, Terry Johnson, Steve Martin, Phil Newton, Ray Ortland, Jr., and Geoff Thomas. These men represent over 480 years of experience in the pastorate.Read more ›
The contributors to this book are all active pastors and many familiar names. Some of the contributors most people will be familiar with are: Tom Ascol, Conrad Mbewe, Tedd Tripp, Andy Davis, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Joel Beeke, and Ray Ortland Jr. As someone who desires to be in ministry in some way I was eager to read this book and was hoping it would be helpful. I must say that it far exceeded my expectations. The mixture of the personal feel of each letter and the sound advice will surely encourage any pastor. Each letter is filled with insight from seasoned pastors who are writing from their heart, from experience and from a commitment to be an under-shepherd for Christ to His church and to pass on their wisdom to the next generation of pastors. This book should be a must have for anyone who is a young pastor or anyone who desires to be a pastor. The range of topics covered and the wisdom that is in each letters will surely be helpful to every reader. I would think that this book would be highly beneficial for older pastors as well since the thoughts about ministry that are discussed in these letters cover areas that should be kept in a pastor's mind.Read more ›