The Pastor-Congregation Duet

The Pastor-Congregation Duet

by Gary Harder


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In a time of shifting worldviews and changing expectations of the church, how does a pastor navigate the challenges, joys, and pains of ministry? How does a church support, love, and hold accountable its pastoral leaders? The key lies in the relationship between pastor and congregation - in the duet they are singing, in the rhythms of their life together.
In this book, Gary Harder reflects on the difficulties and rewards, the missteps and humour that are part of learning that ministry duet. Here he celebrates the mysterious ways God works through, and sometimes in spite of, the people singing God's songs together. We reach for harmony. We hear dissonant notes. We catch only a glimpse of God's beautiful music. And that is enough....

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ISBN-13: 9781525530210
Publisher: FriesenPress
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Gary Harder was a Mennonite pastor for over fifty years, as a full-time pastor and most recently as a part-time interim pastor together with his wife, Lydia. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (Elkhart, Indiana) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Stephen's College (Edmonton, Alberta). As a reluctant pastor whose youthful longings leaned toward music and sports and whose introverted personality did not suggest a career in leadership, Harder struggled with the vocation to church ministry. He has served in various church leadership positions, mentored other pastors and student interns, and taught courses on church and ministry. His life is enriched through his relationship with his three children and their spouses and his nine grandchildren. He loves to garden, sing in choirs, and play hockey.
Harder's previous book, Dancing through Thistles in Bare Feet: A Pastoral Journey, was published by Herald Press in 2008. He has also published several booklets, as well as articles and stories in various magazines and journals....

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