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The Secret Life of a Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry) (Milton)

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Christian Focus Publications
  •  Collection of powerful letters
  • Encouraging and uplifting

  • Relevant for students, pastors and the wider church

Living a life of Christian service is tough. Quite rightly we can have big hopes for what can be done and dealing with discouragement and disappointment when these dreams shatter can be a painful experience. Michael Milton has a real heart for those who are beginning that work, this heart comes out in brief, honest, penetrating letters that are gold for a pastor just starting out, and remain tremendously helpful to the rest of us, as we seek to serve Christ in our daily lives.

Table of Contents:

  1. Expectations about your seminary experience
  2. Original languages
  3. Broken cisterns: a word of counsel on the matter of pastoral self care
  4. The secret life of a pastor
  5. Healers, not doctors
  6. You are the living legacy of those who have gone before: another motivation to go the distance in ministry
  7. Your wife, your children and the church
  8. Equippers of the saints
  9. Infant baptism
  10. Lambing season
  11. Only the Word
  12. Expository preaching
  13. On the preparation of the pastoral prayer
  14. Ministering pastorally
  15. Leadership through change
  16. Advice for a seminarian
  17. On leaning towards works in our ministry
  18. Preach one sermon
  19. The ground of your ministry
  20. Sunday night rest



Michael A. Milton, is a Presbyterian minister, U.S. Army chaplain, and educator. His record of service includes senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr Milton resides in North Carolina.



"Mike Milton is a pastor to pastors...I am so grateful that now, in these letters, he has distilled that wisdom for a whole new generation of pastors." - George Grant, Senior Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee

"This book is nectar. It is full of rich insights and helpful suggestions that cannot possibly fail to bless the reader and enrich their advice is: buy it and read it often." - Tom Holland, Director of Biblical Research, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales