Book: The Art of Pastoring

The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers

David Hansen has written this book as a reflection on nine years spent as the minister of a church in rural America. I still have to write a proper book review on this, so I’ll keep my remarks brief, but it was a helpful book in thinking through some of the challenges faced by ordained ministers (and to a lesser extent, to those who are doing christian things in a non-ordained capacity).

Hansen is unusually honest in terms of describing his feelings, and his sense of being inadequate for various tasks. On occasion, there are stories of his failings in particular areas, and how he’s coped with them. It’s a book I’m glad I’ve read.

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