In Ephesians, Paul said, "And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers" (Eph. 4:11). From this verse we understand that being a pastor and teacher is a gift from God. Becoming a pastor is not done when a person so desires, but when he is given the "Gift of the Pastorate." This book is being written especially for those who are being called into the pastorate. I hope that this book will benefit young pastors, or even experienced pastors, who may not have had the benefit of a wise counselor. The basic purpose of the book is to explain the calling, preparation, and role of a pastor. I also think that this book could help church members understand the role of a pastor and what being a pastor entails.