Letters to New Pastors
- Publisher Presented as the letters of a mature pastor to several fictional recipients,
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About "Letters to New Pastors"
In the tradition of C. S. Lewis's "Letters to Malcolm" and Reinhold Nie-buhr's "Leaves from the Notebook of a Tamed Cynic," this fetching book by Michael Jinkins connects readers with pastoral wisdom that is both timely and timeless."Letters to New Pastors" delves deeply into the struggles, surprises, and rewards of congregational leadership and the needs -- professional, emotional, and spiritual -- of new pastors. Grounded in the experiences of real pastors while presented as the letters of a mature pastor to several fictional recipients, these letters unfold like a novel. Through them, Jinkins explores such themes as developing one's own spiritual life, finding balance amid conflicting demands, navigating between culture and faith, and discovering Christ's message for the future of the church. Mature pastors will recognize the wistful "I wish I'd known then what I know now" at the heart of this book. Now new pastors have a way to gain these insights from a wise and experienced guide.
Presented as the letters of a mature pastor to several fictional recipients,
Meet the Author
Michael Jinkins (D.Min., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Dean of the Faculty and professor of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has also served as a pastor of several congregations. His books include Letters to New Pastors and Called to be Human (Eerdmans); Christianity, Tolerance and Pluralism (Routledge Press); The Church Faces Death: Ecclesiology in a Postmodern Context (Oxford University Press); An Invitation to Theology (InterVarsity Press) and In the House of the Lord: Inhabiting the Psalms of Lament (Liturgical Press).
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