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Midlife, Manhood, and Ministry by Michael Eric Dyson, Donald Hilliard Jr.

Middle age: the idea has been known to strike fear in the hearts of men across the nation. Pastors are familiar with it from counseling church members—individuals, couples, parents and children—who are struggling with the emotional, relational, and physical changes that midlife brings. But what happens when the man struggling with midlife is the pastor himself? Pastor, husband, father, and mentor Donald Hilliard courageously describes his own journey into midlife—and talks candidly with other clergy around the country who share their own stories. Featuring a chapter that explores biblical men who strove to master their own midlife crises, this honest and conversational book offers testimonies, wisdom, and practical counsel for facing life and ministry after age 40 with grace, integrity, and faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817017293
Publisher: Judson Press
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

DONALD HILLIARD JR., MDiv, DMin, is senior pastor of Cathedral International, now ministering in three New Jersey locations. He is the presiding bishop and founder of the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies, Inc. In this role he serves as the spiritual advisor and mentor of several pastors and churches across the United States and West Africa. Bishop Hilliard also established the Safe Harbor Clergy Leadership Conference where innovative leaders from different denominational backgrounds gather to confront and minister to various issues faced by clergy daily, as well as to expand their theological and social horizons. Dr. Hilliard is the author of several books, including the Judson Press title Church Growth from an African American Perspective (2006).

Table of Contents

Midlife in Quotes ix

Foreword Michael Eric Dyson xi

Preface Coach John Thompson III xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xix

1 In the Midst of Midlife: The Storm and the Crisis 1

2 Favor Ain't Fair and Painkillers 13

3 Midlife Role Modeling: Biblical Answers 23

4 Father, Family, Faith: Remedying Midlife 35

5 Making a Change and Changing What We Must 47

6 Pressing Past Pressure 59

7 Shifting Gears and Finding Direction or Ripping Off the Band-Aid 69

8 Forgiveness, Responsibility, and Restoration-Next Steps 77

9 Where Do We Go from Here? 87

10 May the Circle Be Unbroken 95

Afterword Bishop John R. Bryant 103

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