Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers

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David Hansen colorfully conveys what most other ministry how-to books fail to mention--what it's like, in a confusing and messy world, to be a "parable of Jesus Christ" every day.
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Editorial Reviews

From the foreword by Ian Stackhouse
"This book literally saved my ministry. "
Scott W. Sunquist
"Hansen's The Art of Pastoring is a gem that most pastors should read every few years to recenter their lives and ministries on and in Jesus Christ. I do not fly fish, nor do I tend sheep. Yet I understand what Jesus means when he says to 'tend my sheep;' I also understand what Hansen means when he says that the pastor is the fisherman's fly."
John Johnson
"One of the most vexing questions students and graduates face centers on pastoral identity. Complicating this, most parishioners have no idea what are realistic expectations. David Hansen's The Art of Pastoring gives concise, centering answers. It is a pastoral theology drawn from years of pastoral experience, and it brings back into focus what a pastor is truly called to be and do. It is a much-needed corrective in a day pastors have succumbed to being therapists, CEOs or artists. It belongs in the curriculum of any school serious about training pastors."
Dr. David Horn
"The 'art' of pastoring, indeed! Not a science, not a technique, not a manual-driven set of programs, but a deeply felt, highly nuanced story of God's transforming grace being manifest by his servants. No one paints this picture of the life and ministry of the pastor better than David Hansen."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830816699
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

David Hansen is pastor of Heritage Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has also pastored in Montana, the setting for many of the stories in his book The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers (IVP). Hansen is also author of Loving the Church You Lead: Pastoring with Acceptance and Grace (Baker).

In 1999, Hansen was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been a contributing editor for Leadership Journal, and is a frequent speaker at pastoral ministry conferences.

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Table of Contents

Foreward to the Revised Edition
Preface to the Revised Edition
An Ebenezer Story: Introduction
1. Beginning
2. Call
3. The Holy Spirit
4. Temptation
5. Eschatology
6. Preaching
7. Prayer
8. Friendship
9. Sacrament
10. Leadership
11. Leaving
12. Reward
Appendix 1: Sightings
Appendix 2: Beneath the Surface
Questions for Discussion
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    How to BE a pastor, not just do pastoral things

    EUGENE PETERSON said: 'This is the freshest and most honest book on pastoral work you're ever likely to come upon.' I agree. Hansen helps us pastors consider what is essential for us to be pastors. Prayer, presence, scripture are central. Stories drawn from Hansen's contemplative fishing experiences help the reader appreciate the value of paying careful, quiet, patient attention in ministry. Not a 'how to do it in X steps' book, but a book about being. This is a simple but deep book it's hopeful and encouraging for a too busy pastor.

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