The New Pastor's Handbook

Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry

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Publisher Description

Most seminary graduates will begin their ministries with plenty of important head knowledge to share--but with a deficit of some of the most practical aspects of doing ministry, such as

- which ministry role most suits them
- how to start out strong at a new church
- persevering during difficult seasons of ministry
- leading meetings and delegating tasks
- safeguarding their family
- fighting discouragement, pastor envy, and a lack of contentment
- navigating special ministry needs, such as hospitals, weddings, and funerals
- and much more

Through his hard-won wisdom, Jason Helopoulos comes alongside new pastors as a trusted friend and mentor, ready to guide them through their first years of ministry with intelligence and compassion.

Religion & Spirituality
September 29
Baker Publishing Group
Baker Book House Company

Customer Reviews

pastor jaedan ,

Best book ever

This book was vary helpful I don’t got a degree
But I am self trained preacher of the word of god I started running my own solo ministry when I was in 8th grade and living my life for the lord jesus and serving the lord and his people I consider doing work for the lord and as a preacher is my first job for me being a pastor is not about the money or the degree or the building it’s about winning hearts. And souls for the lord
And the people are the church not the building

K.W. Leslie ,

A lot of really good advice for any minister.

<p>I’m not a pastor. I’ve worked with a few pastors, and seen the crap they go through. That’s why I’m not a pastor. I much prefer working behind the scenes. You can accomplish way more when nobody’s looking.</p>

<p>However, if you’re foolhardy enough to climb the pedestal and let the public have at you with their rotten vegetables, here’s a book which may mitigate some of that. The purpose of Jason Helopoulos’s The New Pastor’s Handbook</a> is to offer lots of practical, useful advice to new pastors. How to know you’re cut out for the vocation (or, as we call it in Christianese, “how to know you have the calling”). How to start well, and not burn out. How to deal with the fact certain people think it’s now okay for them to nitpick everything you do. How to not get so bogged down by busywork, you forget to follow Jesus, and forget to really minister to people.</p>

<p>You know: Advice Helopoulos wishes he was given when he first took the job. ’Cause behind every bit of advice he offers in his book, there’s likely a whole story of what happened when someone didn’t do that, and now they’re holed up in a motel room somewhere, surrounded by liquor bottles and Calvin’s Commentaries. Or not; but they too would offer you the very same advice.</p>

<p>The book’s meant to be for everyone. It’s not really. Helopoulos’s background and biases slip through every once in a while. He assumes you went to seminary (and you really should have). He assumes you’re in your 20s, and married, like he was. He assumes you have a penis, ’cause his denomination doesn’t believe women can pastor—which is mighty short-sighted of him, for just about every denomination believes women can minister, and women might find this book just as useful. He should’ve taken his own advice: “Consider your audience.” Oh wait; he didn’t actually advise that. My hermeneutics professor did.</p>

<p>That concern aside, it is a lot of really good advice for any minister. And hey, if you’re the hypocritical type, you can compare Helopoulos’s advice for what pastors should do, with what your own pastors do do, and find it way easier to peck them to death.</p>

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