Help! I'm a Pastor!: A Guide to Parish Ministry

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Westminster John Knox Press, 2005 - Religion - 216 pages
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Richard Armstrong and Kirk Morledge present this practical guide for pastoral ministry, offering counsel about a wide range of topics related to a pastor's professional ministry and personal life. Topics include beginning a new ministry, balancing one's personal life and ministry, wrestling with conflict, worrying about church finances, and preaching. This introduction to ministry can function as a textbook as well as an invaluable handbook or desk reference for pastors in the midst of congregational ministry.

 

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Contents

Wondering What This Book Can Do for Me
1
Shepherding a Flock
8
Struggling to Survive
13
Rethinking My Approach to Ministry
21
Beginning a New Ministry
34
Trying to Balance My Personal Life and Ministry
42
Worrying about My Finances
59
Trying to Be Spiritually Disciplined
67
Reflecting on Work and Other Involvements
100
Following and Preceding Other Pastors
112
Wanting to Do What Is Right
117
Working with a Staff
128
Trying to Run a Church
144
Working with Committees
153
Fulfilling Other Roles
185
A Concluding Word
195

Pondering My Relationships
78
Needing to Stay Fit
90

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About the author (2005)

Joe Armstrong is one of the creators of Erlang. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and is an expert on the construction of fault-tolerant systems. He has worked in industry, as an entrepreneur, and as a researcher for more than 35 years.

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