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On Being a Pastor: Understanding our Calling and Work (Prime & Begg)

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Moody Publishers
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On Being a Pastor is an essential tool to help pastors fulfill their calling. A pastor's responsibilities are unique, demanding that he nurture his own spiritual life as well as that of the people in his care. 
Derek Prime and Alistair Begg provide practical advice for both the spiritual and practical aspects of pastoral ministry. Topics include prayer, devotional habits, preaching, and specific ministry duties. 

Table of Contents: 

  1. The Call and the Calling
  2. Life and Character
  3. Goals and Priorities
  4. Prayer
  5. Devotional Life
  6. Study
  7. Preaching
  8. Pastoral Care
  9. Pastoral Care – The Practicalities
  10. The Conduct of Worship
  11. The Responsibility to Lead
  12. Delegation
  13. Family and Leisure
  14. Perils Tempered by Privileges



Derek Prime is an itinerant minister and writer. A former president of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Church, Mr. Prime has served as a pastor for more than 30 years, the last 18 as minister of Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh. Among his numerous books are the On Being a Pastor, Tell Me About the 10 Commandments, and Tell Me About the Lord's Prayer. Derek and his wife, Betty, live in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Alistair Begg (Trent University; London School of Theology; Westminster Seminary) was born in Scotland and spent the first 30 years of life in the United Kingdom. Since September of 1983, he has been the senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. He is the daily speaker on the national radio program Truth For Life which stems from his weekly Bible teaching at Parkside, and is the author of Made For His Pleasure, Lasting Love, and What Angels Wish They Knew. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown children.



"On Being a Pastor is a personal, practical, God-centered book that every minister should read. It was written by men I trust to help me fulfill the calling I love." - Philip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton College 

"On Being a Pastor is certainly one of the sanest, most thoughtful, practical, intelligent, biblical, and challenging books any pastor could read. Here is the wisdom of two men, markedly different in temperament, gifts, and style - but one in affection, esteem, and heart-passion." - Sinclair Ferguson, professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary