When someone is considering stepping up into spiritual leadership at our church we have them read three books. These books are required for interns considering ministry or ordination and for those becoming elders. If you’re thinking about ministry as a vocation then I would strongly encourage you to read each one. Ideally read them with someone in ministry to hone your sense of call and your understanding of the vocation of ministry.
A Book For The Pastor’s Soul
Under the Unpredictable Plant by Eugene Peterson is what you need to know about the leader’s soul! Peterson uses the prophet Jonah as a model of ministry: flawed and used by God. He highlights the importance of God’s word and prayer. Peterson lays out the importance of obedience to God in all things. Finally, he reminds us that ministry is geographical who and where we serve matters because people matter to God!
A Book For The Pastor’s Mind
A Book For The Pastor’s Plans
These three books are very different and the authors in some ways are polar opposites. Peterson probably wouldn’t have much positive to say about Stanley’s mega-church. Having both perspectives gives future church leaders a wide view of ministry philosophy. This is why we pick these books from varied traditions to thoroughly equip our future leaders.
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