Pastor Prime, Derek, And Alistair Book Report

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Mythology - Religion Type: Book Report Paper: #46825549
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In other words, the physician must be healthy in his own moral and spiritual judgment before the pastor can dispense spiritual healing to others.

This is a brave book, because the ministry of all Christian churches feel themselves in a state of drought -- beset from all sides, it is tempting to seek to proselyte, to draw in converts to becoming pastors, rather than to counsel potential pastors to look within themselves and to ask if they 'have what it takes' to oversee a community of Christians. Psychologist, social worker, friend, theologian, confessor, and traffic cop -- a pastor may have to play all roles, all of the time in his vocational life, and then...

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On top of all of these many 'hats' he must wear, or collars he must don, the pastor must also be good individual Christian that has a fulfilling, to use the words of the author, spiritually 'fed' life with Christ. Not an easy task indeed.

One of the potential problems of this book, however, for a layperson is that the concerns of the book are so pastor-centric. True, it helps other Christian congregants appreciate the specific spiritual sacrifices made by his or her pastor, personally, to serve the needs of the Christian community. Both the authors have been successful pastors but they are also teachers of pastors and thus their concerns are always framed through this lese. They speak with rigor and authority, and do not attempt to cushion the difficulties and challenges a pastor may face -- in fact, at times they almost make it sound impossible to preach and to have a proper stewardship of ones own personal life as well as to foster within one's self a personal devotion and love of God. But the author's own lives provide collective testimony that it is difficult, but it is possible.

Works Cited

Prime, Derek, and Alistair Begg. On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work. Chicago:…

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Prime, Derek, and Alistair Begg. On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work. Chicago: Moody, 2004.


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