The Vulnerable Pastor
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Often as pastors we feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively. That's why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. But we know we can never live up to those images. Deep down, we know our own limitations, our weaknesses, our faults. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we'd be disqualified from ministry. Not so. Mandy Smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God's strength is revealed through our human weakness. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don't have to have it all together. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource. God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them.
Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Leadership Journal and PARSE and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. She is also the creator of The Collect, a citywide trash-to-art project. Mandy, her two children, and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live in a little house where the teapot is always warm.
- <ul> <li>missio Alliance Essential Reading List Of 2015</li> <li>hearts Minds Bookstore's Best Books Of 2015, For Church Leaders</li> <li>prodigalthought.net's Top Reads Of 2015</li> <li>englewood Review Of Books Best Books Of 2015, Praxis</li> <li><em>leadership Journal's</em> Best Ministry Books Of The Year</li> </ul> Often As Pastors We Feel Like We Need To Project Strength And Competency In Order To Minister Effectively. That's Why We Go To Conferences And Emulate The Latest Superstars. But We Know We Can Never Live Up To Those Images. Deep Down, We Know Our Own Limitations, Our Weaknesses, Our Faults. We Fear That If People Knew Who We Really Are, We'd Be Disqualified From Ministry. Not So. Mandy Smith Unpacks The Biblical Paradox That God's Strength Is Revealed Through Our Human Weakness. Transparently Describing Her Pastoral Journey, Smith Shows How Vulnerability Shapes Ministry, Through Our Spiritual Practices And Relationships, Influencing Our Preaching, Teaching And Even The Nuts And Bolts Of The Daily Schedule. Understanding Our Human Constraints Makes Our Ministry More Sustainable And Guards Us Against Disillusionment And Burnout. We Don't Have To Have It All Together. Recognizing Our Weakness Makes Us Rely On God, So Our Weakness Can Become A Ministry Resource. God Has Called You To Lead Not As A Demigod, But As A Human, So The World Can See That The Church Is A Place For Humans Like Them.
- <strong>part I: Getting Over Ourselves: Vulnerability With God</strong>
- 1. Filled With Emptiness2. What Makes Us Feel Weak. And What Doesn’t: A Confession3. Save Me! Vulnerability And Salvation4. Feeling Exposed: How Vulnerable Pastors Handle Emotions5. I Need You! How Vulnerable Pastors Pray6. Letting The Bible Read Us: How Vulnerable Pastors Read The Bible
- <strong>part Ii: Being True To Ourselves: Vulnerability Behind The Scenes</strong>
- 7. Learning To Like The Mess: How Vulnerable Pastors Create Culture8. Changing The Mold: How Vulnerable Pastors Recognize And Develop Leaders9. Taking Our Own Sweet Time: How Vulnerable Pastors Use Their Time And Energy10. Thriving For Others: How Vulnerable Pastors Measure Success
- <strong>part Iii: Practicing In Public: Vulnerability With An Audience</strong>
- 11. Welcome To The Process: How Vulnerable Pastors Teach And Preach12. The Right Kind Of Desperate: How Vulnerable Pastors Engage With The World
- Epilogue: Unfading Treasure In Jars Of Claydiscussion Guideacknowledgmentsnotes