In The Pastor: A Memoir, Eugene Peterson—professor emeritus at Regent College and author of The Message and over thirty other books—shares his journey to becoming a pastor. This candid reflection shows students of ministry the experiences and people influential in shaping Peterson’s path and growth as a minister.
With great humility and honesty, Eugene Peterson—explores the difficulties and challenges he experienced in trying to figure out what the essence of being a pastor was—and he captures the heart of this noble calling by stressing the importance of “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on right now’ between men and women, with each other and with God,” rather than the numbers filling the pews every week.
This memoir from “the pastor to pastors” is sure to be a must read for those entering the ministry for years to come.
Praise for The Pastor:
“Eugene Peterson excavates the challenges and mysteries regarding pastors and church and gives me hope for both. This is a must-read for every person who is or thinks they are called to be a pastor and for every person who has one.”—William Paul Young, author of The Shack
“If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor’s heart and a pastor’s art. Take and read!”—Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline