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Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome Paperback – January 7, 2008
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"One of the very best books I have read on the spirituality of pastoral ministry."
—Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College; author, Loving the Way Jesus Loves
"I recommend that every pastor first read the Hughes's book privately and then go over it with his lay leaders. Doing this will not be less than a milestone and might well be a watershed."
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
"Born out of experience, based on the Word of God, and applied to real life, this book is just what weary and discouraged pastors and their wives need. And it wouldn't hurt if critical church officers read it too! I highly recommend it."
—Warren W. Wiersbe, Retired General Director, Back to the Bible
"With wisdom gained from their own struggles and long years of experience, Kent and Barbara Hughes spell out the principles that can set God's servants free from the yoke of unscriptural ideas."
—Vernon C. Grounds, Chancellor, Denver Seminary
"Bless you, Kent and Barbara, for saying with clarity and boldness what thousands of pastors and pastors' wives need to hear. Your call back to the basics in ministry will free many from the false demands of 'success' and restore the proper measurements of achievement."
—Ray C. Stedman, Former Pastor, Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA
About the Author
R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
Barbara Hughes has supported her husband Kent’s pastoral ministry for over forty years while also raising four children. She is a popular teacher of women’s groups and the author of several books. Barbara and Kent live in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and have an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.
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Hughes shares stories from his life and how he once felt discouraged enough to consider leaving the ministry, but his wife talked him out of it. She encouraged him by talking about the lives that have been changed for the better, even though the church he started was small.
This is a good book for pastors to read when they are struggling,and even when they are NOT struggling.