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On Being a Pastor: Understanding Our Calling and Work Hardcover – 1 May 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802431208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802431202
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,060,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The ministry of pastors is not simply a job; it s a vocation.

A pastor s responsibilities are unique, demanding that he not only nurture his own spiritual life but also the lives of those in his care. What a challenge this can be!

Derek Prime and Alistair Begg provide practical advice for both the spiritual and practical aspects of pastoral ministry. They delve deep into topics such as prayer, devotional habits, preaching, studying, and specific ministry duties. The result is an essential tool for those in pastoral ministry.

" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

DEREK PRIME was born and brought up in London, where he received his secondary education at Westminster City School. National Service immediately followed for eighteen months, during which time he was attached as an army teacher to the Royal Scots Greys in Germany. Upon demobilisation he went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he studied history and then theology. For the next three years he taught at a London Grammar School, prior to his ordination to become pastor of Lansdowne Evangelical Free Church in West Norwood in south London. After twelve years at Lansdowne he was called to Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh where he was pastor for eighteen years. He then devoted himself to writing and an itinerant ministry. During this time, sadly, within a few years of one another, both his younger daughter and his wife died of cancer. However, he is greatly blessed in having his other daughter and older son in Edinburgh and second son in London, giving him the joy of eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, an ever-growing family! Now living in Edinburgh, he is fully retired.
ALISTAIR BEGG (Trent University; London School of Theology; Westminster Seminary) was born in Scotland and spent the first 30 years of life in the United Kingdom. Since September of 1983, he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. He is the daily speaker on the national radio program Truth For Life which stems from his weekly Bible teaching at Parkside, and is the author of Made For His Pleasure, Lasting Love, and What Angels Wish They Knew. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I would recommend this book for all who are church members not just those who are in church leadership. Very practical with scriptures to back stance. I like the testimonies of the individual authors to demonstrate a point. Very readable book.
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Was made to read this book for an exam, and found it so refreshing and challenging that I would like to read it again each year I am blessed to pastor.

In equal measure this book both: presents with frank honest the daunting task of pastoral work, and continually points to Jesus as the one we serve and the one who equips us.

Every chapter is full of scriptural references, historical examples and practical advice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should form part of every Pastor’s library (whether ... 8 Nov. 2016
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This book should form part of every Pastor’s library (whether current or aspiring). On Being a Pastor provides the rich details that only decades of service to the body of Christ can yield. I found myself highlighting most of the book and that's saying something since I seldom do so with other christian books. Pastors Alistair Begg and Derek Prime join their experiences to provide some of the most biblically sound and spiritually enriching advise. The book covers the Pastor’s role in the church and outside of from Worship, to preaching and teaching, evangelism, and so forth.
It can't be stressed enough, this book is a gem and should be read carefully to draw the maximum potential from it. You will after reading this book be much closer towards understanding the role of a shepherd in the life of the believer. The highest calling in life is undoubtedly to be a shepherd one that leads primarily by example and depends solely on the holy spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 1 Sept. 2013
By Donnie - Published on Amazon.com
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As an up coming Pastor, the Senior Pastor in my church, as part of an ongoing curriculum, required several of us to read this book. When I began this book, I started to get somewhat frustrated because Derek Prime and Allistar Begg kept referring to their respective ministries in Scotland. I thought, "what does this have to do with what my future ministry"? After a couple of chapters, I began to see why my Senior Pastor required this reading! It revealed situations and problems not uncommon in any ministry. However, how DP and AB, each dealt with them at their churches even though the set-ups are different. I can see where in a Scottish church how the ministry has to deal with their flock. For example, as stated in their book, if you live in a church owned house, it is a common practice for the minister to be on a constant call, and where his wife or elder has to run interference to allow them some type of privacy to prepare. Where as in the States, most Pastors do not live in a parsonage. Also, except in the top 5% of American churches, Pastors are "expected" to serve on various committees. Or even oversee them to make necessary decisions. In my home church, we have over 3,000 members, (children included), Our Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Zone Pastors rarely if ever serve on any committee. Each Pastor has his own field of "expertise" where he may be of most use. Other wise, they do not step on each others toes. It should be the responsibility of the rank and file to run the church as DP put it. The Pastors should bring the word, see to Pastoral care, and perform pastoral counseling when and where needed. Anyway, I've come to appreciate this book and the wisdom given by DP and AB. I plan to put their insights to good use in the coming months.
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5.0 out of 5 stars manuel for being a good pastor, look no further 22 April 2016
By Mark mayo - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking for a practical, hands on, manuel for being a good pastor, look no further. Alistair Begg and Derrick Prime bring many years of pastoral experience to the table in a very readable, encouraging, and transparent way. Good theology, humor and examples are in every section of this concise, thoughtful work. I recommend it without reservation!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 13 Jan. 2015
By BradBridgman - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a very helpful book. The helpfulness of this book will be determined by your approach to the book. I got half way before I found the best approach for me. I decided that when the authors took breaks to give their personal insight, I would do the same. This helped me think through more what was being taught. It also helped me interact with the authors and think through their approaches to ministry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, tried, practical guide and advice for pastors 22 Oct. 2014
By SquilloDiVoce - Published on Amazon.com
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A very practical guide for young and even more experienced pastors, or even those wrestling with the call. Very sound and clear advice. Nice to have the opinions of two different pastors (different personalities and some different ways of doing things) and yet with many good common denominators about the office of a pastor, as they share from their personal experience as well as their convictions from God's Word. It was very encouraging and enlightening read.
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