Books aimed at those beginning in ministry aren’t as common as one would expect them to be. In The New Pastor’s Handbook by Jason Helopoulos has provided a valuable resource for young pastors and seasoned pastors as well.
This book has many strengths to commend it. Each of the 48 chapters are simple and concise. Though short each chapter displays a depth of thought. One should not mistake shortness of the chapters for a lack of content, the author is to be commended for his ability to write with such laser-focus on the different aspects of pastoral ministry. The book is divided into five sections. The first section addresses understanding calling and finding a place of service, the second addresses different types of roles one might begin pastoral ministry in, the third practices and patterns for pastors, the fourth potential dangers of ministry, and the fifth and final section covers the joys that we are to find in ministry.
Many books published on pastoral ministry are little more than “how-to” guides. This book seeks to shape the new pastor’s understanding of himself and the task set before him. This book addresses many of the heart issues behind pastoral ministry that many young pastors don’t learn until it’s too late.
I have personally benefited from this book, and I am confident that any pastor new or old would benefit from this book as well. While this book is geared toward those out in ministry there are many aspects that even the most seasoned pastor would benefit from. I heartily agree with Joe Thorn’s statement that this is a modern classic.
If you know a pastor, youth pastor, associate pastor, church planter, or anyone aspiring to ministry I would recommend you buy this book for them, they and those they minister to will be thankful that you did.
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