Author(s): Zack Eswine
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.
"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 preachingbarefoot.wordpress.com. He is the author of Preaching to a Post-Everything World, which won the PreachingToday.com Preaching Book Award in 2009.
Part 1: The Calling We Pursue
Part 2: The Temptations We Face
Part 3: Reshaping Our Inner Life
Part 4: Reshaping the Work We Do