The Lutheran Handbook for Pastors

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Kristofer Skrade
Augsburg Books - Religion - 220 pages
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'The Lutheran Handbook for Pastors' captures all the essential information any pastor needs to keep close at hand to prevail in any circumstance and have a good chuckle along the way.
 

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Contents

HOW TO KNOW IF YOURE CALLED TO BE A PASTOR
16
LUTHERS CALL TO MINISTRY
18
HOW TO AVOID BECOMING THE PASTOR YOU SWORE YOUD NEVER BE AND BECOME THE PASTOR YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE
20
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BISHOP
24
FIVE IMPORTANT WAYS THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS DEFINE PASTORAL MINISTRY
27
SEVEN THINGS LUTHER AND THE REFORMERS SAID ABOUT MINISTRY
30
HOW TO KNOW WHEN ITS TIME TO FIND A NEW CALL
33
SEVEN THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN YOU INTERVIEW FOR A NEW CALL
36
HOW TO AVOID GETTING TRIANGULATED
130
HOW TO MANAGE HABITUAL DROPIN VISITORS SO YOU CAN GET YOUR WORK DONE
132
HOW TO REMAIN CALM IN A CRISIS SITUATION
134
HOW TO PREPARE MENTALLY FOR A FUNERAL
136
SEVEN PREACHERS IN THE BIBLE AND WHAT MADE THEM GREAT
138
HOW TO PREACH A PROPHETIC WORD WITHOUT GETTING FIRED
141
THREE JOKES FOR USE WITH CHURCH CROWDS
143
HOW TO PREACH A STEWARDSHIP SERMON WITHOUT SOUNDING LIKE YOU ARE BEGGING FOR A RAISE
145

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU QUESTION WHETHER YOURE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE CALL YOURE IN
39
HOW TO RETIRE FROM MINISTRY GRACEFULLY
42
FIVE TIPS ON HIRING THE RIGHT PERSONNEL TO MAKE A GREAT MINISTRY TEAM
46
THIRTY SUBJECTS YOU SHOULD NEVER ASK ABOUT WHEN INTERVIEWING FOR NEW STAFF
49
HOW TO EMPOWER YOUR STAFF TO DO GOOD WORK
52
FIVE THINGS SENIOR PASTORS CAN DO TO ENDEAR THEMSELVES TO THEIR STAFF
55
HOW TO RUN A STAFF MEETING
57
HOW TO FIRE SOMEONE WHEN YOU REALLY HAVE TO
60
HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF THE CHURCH ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
63
HOW TO RELATE EFFECTIVELY TO A SENIOR COLLEAGUE
66
HOW TO RELATE EFFECTIVELY TO A JUNIOR COLLEAGUE
67
FIVE COMMON PITFALLS SOLO PASTORS FALL INTO AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
68
TEN TIPS FOR BUILDING EFFECTIVE PASTORAL RELATIONSHIPS IN A CONGREGATION
71
FOUR UNLIKELY LEADERS IN THE BIBLE AND WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THEM
74
HOW TO RELEASE YOUR CONGREGATIONS ABILITY TO DEVELOP A VISION FOR MINISTRY
77
HOW TO DELEGATE
80
HOW TO ENABLE YOUR CONGREGATION TO LIVE AS THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
82
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN A COMMITTEE MEETING WITHOUT HAVING TO BE IN CHARGE
85
HOW TO TAKE CHARGE OF A COMMITTEE MEETING WHEN IT GETS OFF TRACK
87
HOW TO SUPPORT AND EMPOWER THE CHURCH COUNCIL WITHOUT BECOMING A DICTATOR OR A
89
HOW TO SURVIVE AN ANNUAL MEETING
92
TEN THINGS ABOUT PARISH MINISTRY THEY DIDNT TEACH YOU IN SEMINARY
95
HOW TO READ A CONGREGATIONAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND WHY ITS IMPORTANT
99
HOW TO MANAGE YOUR CALENDAR
101
HOW TO CARVE OUT TIME FOR SERMON PREPARATION
103
HOW TO LEAD A RETREAT
105
LUTHERS FIVE BIGGEST PASTORAL DILEMMAS AND HOW HE HANDLED THEM
110
HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS AS YOUR PASTORAL MODEL
112
HOW AND WHEN TO RESPOND TO A REQUEST FOR PASTORAL CARE
115
HOW TO MAKE AN EFFECTIVE HOSPITAL VISIT
117
HOW TO MAKE AN EFFECTIVE HOME VISIT
119
HOW TO MAKE AN EFFECTIVE SHUTIN AND CARE FACILITY VISIT
121
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY TO A PARISHIONER
123
HOW TO USE THE GRAPEVINE TO SUPPORT YOUR MINISTRY
126
HOW TO IDENTIFY A CHURCH ALLIGATOR
128
HOW TO CREATE A CLIMATE OF CARE LOVE AND OPENNESS IN YOUR CONGREGATION
147
HOW TO CONDUCT YOURSELF AT AN ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE
150
HOW TO DEAL WITH DISGRUNTLED TRANSFERS FROM OTHER CHURCHES
152
HOW TO DRINK COFFEE
154
HOW TO ACCEPT COOKIES AND OTHER GOODIES GRACIOUSLY WITHOUT GAINING WEIGHT
157
HOW TO LISTEN TO THE SAME STORY FOR THE 100TH TIME AND FEIGN INTEREST
160
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN YOU FORGET A PARISHIONERS NAME
161
FOUR WAYS TO HANDLE THE TACKY GIFTS THAT PARISHIONERS GIVE YOU
163
TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER SAY DURING WORSHIP
166
HOW TO WELCOME VISITORS
168
HOW TO USE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AS SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS WITHOUT ALIENATING THEM OR BORING THE CONGREGATI...
169
HOW TO PREACH WITHOUT NOTES
172
HOW TO WING A SERMON WHEN YOU FORGET YOUR NOTES AT HOME
174
EIGHT COMMON HAND GESTURES USED IN PREACHING
176
NINE USES FOR OLD SERMON MANUSCRIPTS
179
HOW TO RECOVER WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR PLACE OR FORGET DURING A PUBLIC PRESENTATION
181
HOW TO RECRUIT WORSHIP ASSISTANTS DISCREETLY WHEN SOMEONE DOESNT SHOW UP
183
HOW TO HANDLE A RINGING CELL PHONE DURING WORSHIP
185
HOW TO HANDLE LOUDSPEAKER FEEDBACK
187
HOW TO RECOVER FROM AN OPENMIKE GAFFE
189
HOW TO RESPOND TO A SHRIEKING CHILD INCIDENT
191
FIVE COMMON WEDDING FAUX PAS AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
193
HOW TO SURVIVE AN ANXIOUS BRIDAL PARTY
195
HOW TO RECOVER FROM CHRISTMAS AND EASTER OVERLOAD
198
HOW TO STAY FIT
201
HOW TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN THE DISCIPLINE OF DAILY DEVOTIONS
204
HOW TO KEEP UP ON CURRENT TRENDS IN THEOLOGY EVEN WHEN YOURE BUSY
206
HOW TO MAINTAIN A SOCIAL LIFE AS A SINGLE PASTOR
208
HOW TO KEEP BOTH YOUR JOB AND YOUR FAMILY
210
FIVE WAYS TO HELP YOUR MARRIAGE THRIVE DESPITE THE DEMANDS OF THE JOB
212
HOW TO AVOID ANSWERING PERSONAL QUESTIONS
214
HOW TO GET OUT OF A TRAFFIC TICKET
216
THE PROS AND CONS OF WEARING A CLERGY SHIRT
219
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