Jason Helopoulos lays out thought after helpful crystallized thought for those newly entering into ministry in The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry.
In 48 short chapters – usually around four pages – the author gives insight into the workings of the life of a new pastor that may not be covered in coursework or trainings within the church. The author gives excellent advice, encouragements, and warnings to the reader.
Personally, after twelve years in ministry (full time and bivocational) I found the most helpful chapters for my stage in ministry to be in the “Encouragements” and “Joys of Ministry” sections.
One critique of the book is that while it is understandable that each church situation is different so it would be very difficult to write a short snippet on dealing with church conflict, I would have liked to have seen a little more meat and wisdom nuggets in those chapters.
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