Gain an insight into the work of the pastor. William Still based his thesis on the fact that the pastor, being the shepherd of the flock, feeds the flock upon God's Word; the bulk of pastoral work is therefore through the ministry of the Word. A modern classic on preaching and pastoral ministry. Frank Lyall, Emeritus Professor of Law, Aberdeen University, gives a biographical introduction to the expository preacher.
|Publisher:||Christian Focus Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
William Still was minister of the Gilcomston Church of Scotland from 1945 until 1997. His ministry had a strong emphasis on Biblically based expository preaching.
Table of Contents
Author's Preface 11
1 'Feed My Sheep' 17
2 The Pastor Outside the Pulpit 39
3 Complete and Contemporary 59
4 Commissioned by God 77
5 Walking the Tightrope 101
What People are Saying About This
"The Work of the Pastor is one of my favorite books to give away, and therefore I am delighted to see it back in print. William Still pastored the same city church for more than fifty years. By his absolute faithfulness to the Word of God and dedication to intercessory prayer, he became a leader for gospel renewal in the Church of Scotland. This small classic presents Mr. Still's best thinking and most passionate convictions about the work of ministry that he loved so well and fulfilled so completely."
"The Work of the Pastor is one of my favorite books to give away, and therefore I am delighted to see it back in print. William Still pastored the same city church for more than fifty years. By his absolute faithfulness to the Word of God and dedication to intercessory prayer, he became a leader for gospel renewal in the Church of Scotland. This small classic presents Mr. Still's best thinking and most passionate convictions about the work of ministry that he loved so well and fulfilled so completely." ~ Philip G. Ryken (President, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good concise encouraging book, but nothing particularly spectacular. It was often hard to figure out what the main point of each chapter was. There was not a well-thought-out structure and argument, as much as main themes that were weaved in and out.Three main lessons:(1) The work of the pastor is the solid "ministry of the Word" which feeds sheep, and not continually the "simple Gospel" that perpetually breeds infants.(2) There is a balance to keep between God's eternal word and speaking contemporarily. (3) Die to self. God works through us as his word works in us.
On Sunday (July 18th) I picked up and read the original edition of William Still's The Work of the Pastor. It came recommended by a respected pastor, but I was still happily surprised by what I found. In fact, I would suggest that this book ranks with Lloyd-Jones' Preaching and Preachers and Spurgeon's Lectures to My Students. It is a book, as Sinclair Ferguson suggested, that should be read by pastors not just once but every year.In The Work of the Pastor William Still reminds pastors of their primary calling. We have been called, he says, to preach the Word - not our favorite texts or themes but the whole counsel of God. Throughout the book the author keeps coming back to the importance and value of faithful biblical preaching - preaching that is well-rounded, faithful to the Truth, and delivered with heartfelt fervour for the Lord and His people. Still doesn't want dry theology. He wants pastors who are filled with the Spirit and who spend much time with God. He wants men of God! Indeed, he urges pastors to make this their first ambition: that (whatever else they become that) they first become men of God. Yet, throughout the book, the author is most concerned to call pastors back to the ministry of the Word. While they are called to care for their flock through visitation and counseling, he urges that far more will be accomplished through faithful biblical preaching. If only preachers would preach the Word!William Still's book is tremendously practical. He offers advice for visitation and counsel. He makes helpful suggestions for preaching; he tells pastors what to expect when they are faithful (and he is both realistic and encouraging); and he warns of the many pitfalls of pastoral ministry (and he is very specific in his application).I found this book to be a real gem. I was challenged by it but also very encouraged. I highly recommend it.