Helopoulos, Jason, The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015.
Paperback: 208 pages
The pastoral ministry is always a challenge, especially the first two or three years of ministry. The relationship that exists between a local church and a new pastor is full of ups and downs. In his recently released book (October 6, 2015), Jase Helopoulos addresses pastoral challenges in a straight to the point manner. He covers all the points that new pastors need to know regarding the pastoral ministry.
The book is divided into five different sections composed by forty-eight short chapters. Section 1 is devoted to the beginning of the ministry of a new pastor. Helopoulos provides a biblical perspective on the subject of call as the foundation for every pastor. In section 2 Helopoulos differentiates the challenges of the Senior Pastor position, the Assistant Pastor position, the Youth Pastor ministry, and the Church Planter ministry. He provides the reader with wise tips and advices for each of these four different positions as they have their own challenges and idiosyncrasies. Section 3 is the largest section in the book and it provides new pastors with practical ideas involving the pastoral ministry. The author shares tips about the pastor’s schedule, self-care, and the character of the pastors, just to mention few. These recommendations are addressed in a clear and specific manner and Helopoulos uses examples that every pastor can relate to his own ministry experience. Section 4 addresses the issue of pitfalls of young pastors. This section addressed the most common mistakes that young and new pastor commit in our first and following years of ministry. I saw myself reflected in most of the examples that the author provides in this section. Lastly, section 5 addresses the topic of joys of ministry. This section is wisely inserted at the end of the book so readers can finish reading the book considering the joys that result from serve the Lord and His Church.
The most remarkable characteristic of this book is its conciseness. The author does not engage in theological and exegetical discussions. Instead, Helopoulos provides the reader with real life situations and ideas that would help new pastors to enjoy a healthier ministry experience.
I wish I had a resource like this book when I started my first full-time ministry more than four years ago. If you are a new or a young pastor, I beg you to read this book for the sake of your ministry and your own person.
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