You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges

You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges

by Albert N. Martin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781912270
Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Albert N. Martin served as pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, New Jersey, for more than forty years and he taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy for twenty years. Esteemed by leading theologians and pastors, his preaching is the subject of a book, My Heart for Thy Cause (ISBN 978-1-85792-716-0).

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Brief Account of This Material's Present Form 9

1 What Is Ministerial Backsliding and Burnout? 11

Warnings Against Ministerial Backsliding

2 Beware of Distractions from Devotion 19

3 Beware of Neglecting Generic Christian Duties 29

4 Beware of Trading Off a Good Conscience 37

5 Beware of Losing Your Own Nurture by Isolation from the Congregation 45

Warnings Against Ministerial Burnout

6 Beware of Priorities Shaped by Others' Perceived Needs 57

7 Beware of Studies Confined to Sermon Preparation 75

8 Beware of Hiding Your Real Humanity 87

Warnings Against Credibility Washout

9 Beware of Ministry with Neglect of Your Physical Body 103

10 Beware of Ministry with Neglect of Your Physical Body, Continued 119

Restoration of the Convicted Pastor

11 Five Closing Counsels to Remember 137

What People are Saying About This

Edward Donnelly ~ Principal

The author brings to this volume a lifetime of Christian ministry, studious preparation and experience in teaching pastors... May this book transform and help to sustain many of us.

Iain Murray ~ Co-Founder of Banner of Truth

We are thankful to have in these pages the wisdom and experience of a preacher to whom so many of us are indebted.

Joel R. Beeke ~ President

Satan attacks a pastor in various ways. Sometimes he tempts him to gross and scandalous sins. However, sometimes the devil sneaks in quietly. He distracts us from what is most important. He twists one good activity into an excuse to neglect another duty. He subtly appeals to our pride to make us act as if we have no needs or limitations. Al Martin's book exposes these dangers, and is eminently helpful to preserve a pastor for long-term service to the glory of God. I heartily recommend it for men aspiring to ministry, for men in ministry, and for all those who love them.

From the Publisher

The author brings to this volume a lifetime of Christian ministry, studious preparation and experience in teaching pastors... May this book transform and help to sustain many of us. ~ Edward Donnelly (Principal, Reformed Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Satan attacks a pastor in various ways. Sometimes he tempts him to gross and scandalous sins. However, sometimes the devil sneaks in quietly. He distracts us from what is most important. He twists one good activity into an excuse to neglect another duty. He subtly appeals to our pride to make us act as if we have no needs or limitations. Al Martin's book exposes these dangers, and is eminently helpful to preserve a pastor for long-term service to the glory of God. I heartily recommend it for men aspiring to ministry, for men in ministry, and for all those who love them. ~ Joel R. Beeke (President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan)

We are thankful to have in these pages the wisdom and experience of a preacher to whom so many of us are indebted. ~ Iain Murray ( Co-Founder of Banner of Truth, Edinburgh, Scotland)

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