So what’s it really like to be a pastor?
Every student of Bible and theology called by God to a career in local church ministry deserves a clear and honest answer. They need an authentic view of both the expected and unexpected challenges as well as fulfillments that await them. This field guide is filled with true stories describing what could or will happen or something similar at any time. Some are humorous. Some describe Divine interventions. Still others are spiritually and emotionally draining. Little is held back. Why? The call to ministry plays out unpredictably in the trenches of real life that is far from a soft and boring 9 to 5 job. It’s a life-absorbing call!
The guide provides many wise practices to pastor well in the following:
• Ways to maintain a healthy marriage and unique family lifestyle
• How shepherd-leaders earn the respect and trust of followers
• Self-awareness’s the sheep must see in their shepherd
• Multi-tasking work with constant interruptions and opportunities
• How to avoid staying too long or leaving too soon
Professors and instructors of applied theology as well as denomination leaders and seasoned pastors who mentor next generation pastors will find the guide’s many tips and reflective questions a positive difference-maker in young ministry leaders. The guide also opens the eyes and hearts of lay leaders.
Richard Borg has lived a life-time career in church ministry as a pastor, church planter, and denomination leader. He’s authored many resources for discipleship, funding church construction, and personal coaching for pastors. All are available at no cost at www.branchesinthevine.com. Richard is a graduate of Nyack College and Denver Seminary. With his wife, Sharon, they now enjoy their three married children and spouses along with eight grandsons who all live nearby.