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Mile Wide, Inch Deep: Experiencing God Beyond the Shallows, Soul Care for Busy Pastors and the Rest of Us Paperback – July 28, 2014
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About the Author
Dave Jacobs was a pastor for twenty-eight years before retiring in 2006 and founding Small Church Pastor, an organization that provides encouragement, coaching, consulting, and resources for pastors and leaders of all sized churches, but with a focus on smaller churches. Dave and his wife Ellen have been married for thirty-five years and live out in the country in the beautiful Rogue Valley of southern Oregon.
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Seriously, my good buddy and pastoral coach, Dave Jacobs, has just released MILE WIDE, INCH DEEP...a book you need to read if you are a pastor, church leader, or just a regular guy or gal who believes that there must be more to following Jesus than just going through the motions taught in our Americanized Christianity.
As I see it, pastors across America are dying on the vine. Statistics are downright frightening. Over 1,500 pastors each month are quitting their jobs. Burnout, fatigue, stress, and a sense of failure rank high on the list for major reasons why. And after twenty-five years of ‘pedal-to-the-metal’ pastoral ministry, I too, was ready to hang it up. Fortunately in recent years, God sent me help at the right time in the form of a pastoral coach who knew my problem was much deeper than the church growth blues.
His name? Dave Jacobs.
After just a few phone calls with Dave, I really liked everything about him except the name of his ministry. Small Church Pastor. Quite honestly that name bugged me. With a church of 350 attendees on the line, and a drive for much, much more, I had little patience in me at the time for anything small.
Looking back now, I know that God had little interest during this season of my life in transforming this insecure, striving-for-significance pastor into a rancher par excellence. I’m sure that Dave was much more aware that the Lord’s true interest in my life and ministry was to dismantle my deep-seeded, insatiable drive for success using the 3-B’s (Buildings, Bucks & Butts in the seats) for my measuring stick, but being the professional that he is, he never let on.
Dave spent our first few sessions asking me questions about my story. As I unfolded my sad tale of the last year or so, Dave spoke few words, but much like E.F. Hutton, when Dave did speak, I certainly wanted to listen. Of all the gems that Dave gave me in those early days working with him, here’s the payoff line that continues to live with me and will do so until my dying day...
“Marty, my job as your coach is to ask you great questions and get you thinking above the fog you’re presently in. I won’t try to tell or sell you anything. I’m simply going to ask you questions and then listen. But before we go on, let me tell you this one basic truth…”
“God has more to say to you right now than anyone else.”
Fortunately, I heard that. I began to slow down. I began listening more carefully to Dave’s great coaching questions. I started thinking and feeling again. And most importantly, I began listening for what God had to say to me.
So now, here's your opportunity to have Dave Jacobs speaking into your life. MILE WIDE, INCH DEEP will challenge you, encourage you, and comfort you, bringing you to a place you've always known you've needed to be (closer to the heart of the Father), but never been given the practical tools you've needed to get yourself there.
THANKS DAVE...I needed that! Marty Boller www.pastorboller.com