Pastoral Theology: Theological Foundations for Who a Pastor is and What He Does by Daniel L. Akin and R. Scott Pace is a great resource to help the reader pull focus to the big biblical picture of pastoral ministry in the midst of the common (and good desire) to focus immediately on the “how” skills of pastoral ministry.
The authors use a trinitarian focus of theology as the basis for the various elements of pastoral ministry. The theology is good and the authors spend a large amount of time (maybe excessive amounts of time sometimes) exploring the trinitarian emphasis for the various elements of pastoral ministry which is a good foundation and good food for thought.
If you are looking for specific “hows” of pastoral ministry, this book probably isn’t the best choice though it does lay out some good principles to consider implementing the “hows” in your particular context.
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