Following up his last book On Preaching, which I have reviewed here, H.B. Charles Jr. has written On Pastoring which would has proven to be a wonderful resource for pastors. What H.B. Charles Jr. recounts of his entrance into the pastorate makes him a voice worthy of listening to. He began preaching under the tutelage of his father, and became the man who succeeded his father at the age of 17 as pastor following his father’s death. Any man who can pastor well, earn the respect of the people, and stay for a significant period of time in the church his father pastored for over forty years should be heard.
H.B. Charles Jr. walks the reader through crucial issues of pastoral ministry for today. Where God would have us serve, how to discern whether to stay or go. He reminds the reader that we’re players and that God is the coach, and we should be happy to play/serve wherever God would have us. Some of the material in the third section is paralleled in his book On Preaching. His third section addresses the tip of the iceberg the pastor’s public ministry from planning the worship service to making meetings count as ministry.
So many works directed towards pastors today are largely pragmatic and programmatic which is altogether problematic. This book focuses on being and doing what God has called us to do and trusting Him for the results. Who we are matters more to God and in the long run of our ministry than the crowds we draw and the programs we implement, any doubt of that can be seen in the number of pastors who have neglected being who God has called them to be and destroyed the ministry God had entrusted to them.
If you’re a pastor read this book. If you want to bless your pastor get him this book, no better time to do it than now because it’s Pastor Appreciation month.
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