The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations Through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus

Author(s): Zack Eswine

Caring for Pastors

Dear Pastor,

Desire burns within you. You've trained and dreamt of doing large things in famous ways as fast as you can for God's glory. But pastoral work keeps requiring your surrender to small, mostly overlooked things over long periods of time.

You stand at a crossroads. Jesus stands with you. You were never meant to know everything, fix everything, and be everywhere at once. That's his job, not yours.

So what now? Let the apprenticeship begin.


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"The Imperfect Pastor might be the most helpful and profound book I've read in years. If you're in pastoral ministry, grab a copy." – Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Explicit Gospel

“It's hard to imagine a book packed with more grace and insight into the extraordinary life of the ordinary pastor. So I'll quit trying and just read Zack Eswine's The Imperfect Pastor again. No one today shows more insight into the perils and joys of everyday ministry in the local church—a refreshingly honest and beautifully written meditation.” – Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today

Zack Eswine (PhD, Regent University) is lead pastor at Riverside Church in Webster Groves, Missouri, enjoys writing about life and ministry in Jesus, and blogs at He is the author of Preaching to a Post-Everything World, which won the Preaching Book Award in 2009.

Part 1: The Calling We Pursue

  1. Desire

  2. Recovering Our Humanity

  3. Leaving Home

  4. Invisible

Part 2: The Temptations We Face

  1. Everywhere for All

  2. Fix It All

  3. Know It All

  4. Immediacy

Part 3: Reshaping Our Inner Life

  1. A New Ambition

  2. Beholding God

  3. Finding Our Pace

Part 4: Reshaping the Work We Do


  1. Care for the Sick

  2. Care for the Sinner

  3. Local Knowledge

  4. Leadership

  5. Romantic Realism 

General Fields

  • : 9781433549335
  • : Crossway
  • : Crossway
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Zack Eswine
  • : Paperback
  • : 272