One doesn’t have to look hard to see that Jimmy Dodd’s Survive or Thrive is a timely book. As a pastor I can testify that it is often times a lonely calling if one is not intentional in the area of relationships. The isolation that many pastors find themselves in can be dangerous for themselves, their family, and their ministry.
In the first section of his book Dodd lays out principles which will help the pastor survive in ministry. The second section goes through six types of relationships that pastor’s need to thrive in the midst of pastoral ministry. Those relationships that are needed are boss, teacher, coach, counselor, mentor, and friend. I would wager if you were to find a pastor who wasn’t thriving that one or more of these relationship types would be missing from his life. The final section of the book deals with the areas of repentance and growing dependence upon the grace of God.
Many pastors find themselves incapable of embracing personally the grace they proclaim to their congregations. I would recommend this book to anyone in or preparing for pastoral ministry. The stakes are high and as we see pastors crash and burn both figuratively and literally all who serve as pastors should be reminded the need for them to guard against failure and burn out. A review copy of this book was provided through Netgalley.