What does it mean to effectively pastor a church? There is much involved: preaching, visits, weddings, funerals, and the like. There are numerous books on what to do as a pastor, but where is the biblical mandate?
Daniel Akin and R. Scott Pace’s book Pastoral Theology is the book pastors need to find the theological and biblical foundation for their ministry. This book is built in three sections. Section one is the “Trinitarian foundation” of pastoral ministry espousing the doctrine that God is one yet existing in three (3), distinct persons. Topics covered in the first section are the holiness of God, qualifications of the pastor, Jesus’ ministry and instruction, and the equipping of the pastor by the Spirit of God. Section two is “doctrinal formulation” in pastoral ministry. Doctrine is of utmost importance. For in our doctrine our practice is found. This section, then, considers the mission and work of the church. In every church mission, the pastor is involved. Practical facilitation concludes the book. Ministry in the church, preaching the Word of God, and to the family are a few examples discussed.
This book seeks to set forth a theological framework and foundation for all that the pastor does. Whether visiting congregants in need or preaching on Sunday mornings, the pastor must possess a biblical and theological lens in which to work. I am thankful to have one (hopefully of many!) books to recommend to friends and fellow pastors.
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