Jared Wilson has done a good job in producing this work for the Pastor or Pastor to be. He breaks down how we should look at the office of pastor. This book is not necessarily long one coming in at 194 pages and 11 chapters. In reading this book I made a lot of highlights throughout the work. It is something I would recommend to anyone in or thinking of pastoral ministry.
This book is full of great nuggets that help you look beyond yourself to Christ and what he intends for the pastor to do. Wilson challenges the thought that measuring your success by how big of a crowd you can gather. He says, “Clearly, attracting a crowd cannot be our measure of success.” (Loc.1245) This is something I think every person in ministry has to battle against and Wilson helps to explain how it becomes Idolatry of the size of the congregation. Wilson emphasizes, “The gospel is not the power to save because of our knowledge, our techniques, our systems, our innovations, our preaching style, our music style, our creativity, our conferences, our degrees, our viral marketing, our evaluations and efficiency, or ourselves. None of those things are bad, but we make all of them idols so easily. They take so much effort, and yet we make them idols effortlessly.” (Loc. 1289)
The eleven chapters center around different aspects of the nature of the work of the pastor. Each being of its own importance. He bases most of his material on the work found in 1 Peter 5 where Peter urges his fellow elders to live in a this manner. This is a great book. I would recommend it to not only men in the regular pastoral role but other elders/leaders in your church. This is one that should be on the shelf to come back to for encouragement when ever you begin to struggle with your ministry.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not have to give it a good review.