The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry

The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry

The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry

The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry


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Most seminary graduates will begin their ministries with plenty of important head knowledge to share—but with a deficit of some of the most practical aspects of doing ministry, such as

- which ministry role most suits them
- how to start out strong at a new church
- persevering during difficult seasons of ministry
- leading meetings and delegating tasks
- safeguarding their family
- fighting discouragement, pastor envy, and a lack of contentment
- navigating special ministry needs, such as hospitals, weddings, and funerals
- and much more

Through his hard-won wisdom, Jason Helopoulos comes alongside new pastors as a trusted friend and mentor, ready to guide them through their first years of ministry with intelligence and compassion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493400362
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 669,454
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jason Helopoulos serves as the senior pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. He regularly contributes to Tabletalk, the Gospel Reformation Network, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and The Gospel Coalition. Jason has also authored A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, The New Pastor's Handbook, Let the Children Worship, and These Truths Alone: Why the Reformation Solas Are Essential for Our Faith Today. He serves on the boards of Twin Lakes Fellowship, the Gospel Reformation Network, and the Malawi Reformation Network. Jason and his wife, Leah, have two children—Gracen and Ethan. He is an avid fan of the world-champion Chicago Cubs and the less-than-champion Chicago Bears.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ligon Duncan 11

Acknowledgments 17

Opening Words: A Holy Calling 19

Part 1 The Beginning

1 What Is a Call? 25

2 How Do You Know Whether You Are Called? 28

3 Candidating 32

Part 2 Starting Out Strong

4 As a Senior or Solo Pastor 39

5 As an Assistant Pastor 42

6 As a Youth Pastor 46

7 As a Church Planter 50

Part 3 Encouragements

8 The Secret and Simplicity of Ministry 57

9 Your Early Ministry Focus 60

10 Strain Your Eyes: Read Often and Widely 64

11 Shepherd Your First Flock: Caring for Your Family 68

12 Know Your History: Learn about the Church You Are Serving 73

13 Personal Holiness Matters 76

14 No One Is Looking over Your Shoulder: Use Your Time Well 80

15 They Want to Follow: Leadership 84

16 Lose Control: Equip the Saints 87

17 Find a Friend 90

18 Trust His Means: Rely on the Word, Sacraments, and Prayer 93

19 Reading Scripture and Prayer 97

20 Slow to Speak, Quick to Listen: Listening to Your People 100

21 Ministry before Our Eyes 104

22 You Can't Do Everything: Busyness and the Pastorate 107

23 If You Pastor, They Will Come: Listening to Complaints 110

24 Silent Suffering 114

25 Thankfulness for the Congregation 118

26 Dual Purposes 121

27 Administration to the Glory of God 123

28 Leave Your Door Open 126

29 Weddings and Funerals 129

30 Hospital Visitations 132

31 Leading Meetings 136

Part 4 Pitfalls of Young Pastors

32 Beginning Too Fast 143

33 Idealistic Zeal 146

34 Discouragement 149

35 Taking Yourself Too Seriously: Substituting Self for Christ 152

36 Not Taking Yourself Seriously Enough 155

37 Here We Go Again: Theological Hobbyhorses 158

38 Giraffe Syndrome: Lack of Contentment 161

39 One Size Fits All 165

40 Devastated by People 169

41 Lecture Sermons 172

42 Illustrations and Applications Gone Awry 176

43 Iron Grip: Holding People Too Tightly 180

44 Pastor Envy 183

Part 5 Joys of Ministry

45 An Eternal Work 189

46 Confidant: A Trusted Position 192

47 We Get Paid for This? The Privilege of Ministering 195

48 Self-Knowledge: Getting to Know Your Sin and Yourself 198

Closing Words: Perseverance in the Ministry 201

Suggested Reading 204

Notes 208

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