Being a Christian leader is a huge privilege. It is also a huge challenge. Paul, a man who knew how tough it could be, wrote a letter to his young friend who was at a crossroads in the ministry, to encourage resilience in the spiritual battle. John Benton looks at what 2 Timothy has to say about finding strength, recovering from discouragement and keeping going as a Christian leader.
John Benton is Director of Pastoral Support for The Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary, and Managing Editor of the monthly newspaper, Evangelicals Now. John & his wife Ann have written many books; some as a joint venture. They are in demand as conference speakers.
This book is a wonderful example of how God’s word speaks afresh in every generation. With a careful exegetical eye and a kind pastor’s heart, Dr Benton unpacks 2 Timothy showing us the true roots of and great need for resilience in pastoral ministry. This is an excellent resource for pastors to keep on keeping on.
- Robin Weekes, Minister, Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, London
For pastors under pressure, John Benton brings help from 2 Timothy so that we can not only survive but grow and flourish in ministry. John speaks from his own experience as a pastor, and his current ministry of supporting others who serve Christ’s church. There is much wisdom here not just for pastors but all who seek to serve the Lord.
- Bill James, Principal, London Seminary, London, UK
‘Resilient’ is full of honest realism, written to Pastors who have ‘signed up for hardship and sacrifice’. Using the timeless truths of 2 Timothy, John shows how it is possible to be resilient, to persevere in ministry, though the challenges and pressures are huge. This book will be of great help to church leaders, to all who teach God’s word and pastor His people and to those who support those who do so.
- Julia Jones, Director of Women’s Courses, London Seminary, UK