The New Pastor's Handbook: Help & Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry, by Jason Helopoulos

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  • Author: Jason Helopoulos
  • Foreword by: Ligon Duncan

SKU: 3410032

Start your ministry off strong—and smart
If you're like most new pastors, you will suddenly realize in your first years of ministry that you are not prepared for many of the practical aspects of your calling. The New Pastor's Handbook is your guide to navigating these unfamiliar waters. With his hard-won wisdom, pastor Jason Helopoulos comes alongside you as a trusted friend and mentor to help and encourage you through your first years of ministry.
Chapters include:
Part 1: The Beginning
- What Is a Call?
- How Do You Know Whether You Are Called?
- Candidating
Part 2: Starting Out Strong
- As a Senior or Solo Pastor
- As an Assistant Pastor
- As a Youth Pastor
- As a Church Planter
Part 3: Encouragements
- The Secret and Simplicity of Ministry
- Your Early Ministry Focus
- Strain Your Eyes: Read Often and Widely
- Shepherd Your First Flock: Caring for Your Family
- Know Your History: Learn about the Church You Are Serving
- Personal Holiness Matters
- No One Is Looking over Your Shoulder: Use Your Time Well
- They Want to Follow: Leadership
- Lose Control: Equip the Saints
- Find a Friend
- Trust Him Means: Rely on the Word, Sacraments, and Prayer
- Reading Scripture and Prayer
- Slow to Speak, Quick to Listen: Listening to Your People
- Ministry before Our Eyes
- You Can't Do Everything: Busyness and the Pastorate
- If YOu Pastor, They Will Come: Listening to Complaints
- Silent Suffering
- Thankfulness for the Congregation
- Dual Purposes
- Administration to the Glory of God
- Leave Your Door Open
- Weddings and Funerals
- Hospital Visitations
- Leading Meetings
Part 4: Pitfalls of Young Pastors
- Beginning Too Fast
- Idealistic Zeal
- Discouragement
- Taking Yourself Too Seriously: Substituting Self for Christ
- Not Taking Yourself Seriously Enough
- Here We Go Again: Theological Hobbyhorses
- Giraffe Syndrome: Lack of Contentment
- One Size Fits All
- Devastated by People
- Lecture Sermons
- Illustrations and Applications Gone Awry
- Iron Grip: Holding People Too Tightly
- Pastor Envy
Part 5: Joys of Ministry
- An Eternal Work
- Confidant: A Trusted Position
- We Get Paid for This? The Privilege of Ministering
- Self-Knowledge: Getting to Know Your Sin and Yourself

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