Help for the New Pastor: Practical Advice for Your First Year of Ministry

Help for the New Pastor: Practical Advice for Your First Year of Ministry

by Charles Malcolm Wingard


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You sit down at your first church leadership meeting . . . and you’re the moderator. Your church expects you to manage its budget. You need to prepare a sermon (or two) to preach every week. A couple wants you to help them repair their shattered marriage. You’re facing one new circumstance after another—with inadequate preparation and no time to adjust. Have you misunderstood the Lord’s calling? Realistic preparation for ministry can go a long way toward allaying the doubt and fear that arise during a pastor’s make-or-break first year. Now a trainer of new pastors, Charles Wingard has more than three decades of his own pastoral experience. Here he gives essential, real-world help for navigating the primary duties of the minister: from sermon preparation and sacraments to visitation, counseling, and hospitality. You may receive a theological education, yet still leave seminary unequipped for the daily work that faces you in your first church. This book provides the tools you need to lead with confidence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629954677
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 03/02/2018
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charles Malcolm Wingard (MDiv, Vanderbilt Divinity School; DMin, Greenville Theological Seminary) is associate professor of practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, as well as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Foreword R. Kent Hughes vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 Understanding Your Call to Ministry 1

2 Preparing for Pulpit Ministry 13

3 Preparing and Delivering a Sermon 27

4 Practical Advice on Preaching 41

5 Leading Worship 51

6 The Sacraments 63

7 Church Administration 71

8 Growing through Conflict 85

9 Home Visitation 95

10 Practicing Hospitality 105

11 Counseling 113

12 Weddings 121

13 Hospital and Hospice Care 131

14 Funerals 141

15 Your Denominational Duties 155

16 The Character and Habits of Effective Ministers 163

17 Small Things That Yield Big Results 177

18 A Long and Fruitful Ministry 183

Appendix 1 Advice for Student Preachers 187

Appendix 2 Tips for Seeking a Pastoral Position 189

Readings in Preaching and Pastoral Theology 193

Notes 199

Index of Scripture 201

Index of Subjects and Names 203

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