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‘Portraits of a Pastor’ shares insight for Bapt. leaders


KANSAS CITY, Mo.—In “Portraits of a Pastor,” based on the theme for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s 2016 For the Church Conference, Southern Baptist leaders from around the convention offer insight into nine essential roles of a church leader.

Midwestern Seminary has announced that the book project Portraits of a Pastor, edited by the Midwestern president Jason Allen, has been released by Moody Publishers.

Allen explains that there are numerous roles a pastor undertakes during his ministry. Some are healthy and others not so much. Additionally, the pastor’s congregation can place unrealistic expectations upon him which can lead to ineffectiveness and even burnout. So the great questions are “What is the pastor to be?” and “What is the pastor to do?”

In answering these questions, Portraits of a Pastor explores roles and provides insight and practical application into areas such as the pastor as shepherd, husband and father, preacher, theologian, church historian, evangelist, missionary, leader, and man of God.

“It has been a privilege to partner with the Moody Publishing team to produce a book that, I pray, will assist church leaders who are seeking to better understand and define the key roles in which they serve on a daily basis,” Allen said.

“I am grateful that over the years of my ministry I’ve had supportive and loving congregations,” he said. “Now, I find myself one step removed, serving as a seminary president where my responsibility and joy is to train ministers for church service. I consider my calling a high one, but only because I’m in the position of helping to prepare men for an even higher calling: pastoring a local church. My desire is that this book helps them in pursuit of this noble, God-honoring end.”

 Authors who contributed chapters to the book include Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas; Jason Duesing, provost at Midwestern Seminary; Donald Whitney, professor of biblical spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; John Mark Yeats, dean of Midwestern Baptist College; Christian George, assistant professor of historical theology and curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary; Owen Strachan, associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Seminary; and Jared Wilson, director of content strategy and managing editor of For the Church website.

To pastors and ministry leaders reading Portraits of a Pastor, Allen noted, “The point of this book is not to raise the bar of ministry unapproachably high, but to give you the encouragement and counsel to most faithfully serve the body of Christ. As you do, you will honor God, strengthen his church, and one day hear, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ So press on!”

To purchase Portraits of a Pastor through Moody Publishing, please visit  www.moodypublishers.com. (BP)

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