Peterson—professor emeritus at Regent College and author of The Message and over thirty other books—shares his journey to becoming a pastor with students of ministry. 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 is 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. His sound advice will touch your students as he draws comparisons between his own journey and theirs. As Peterson puts it:
“This book is the story of my formation as a pastor,and how the vocation of pastor formed me. I had never planned to be a pastor, never was aware of any inclination to be a pastor, never ‘knew what I was going to be when I grew up.’ And then—at the time it seemed to arrive abruptly—there it was: Pastor. I can’t imagine now not being a pastor. I was a pastor long before I knew I was a pastor; I just never had a name for it. Once the name arrived, all kinds of things, seemingly random experiences and memories, gradually began to take a form that was congruent with who I was becoming, like finding a glove that fit my hand perfectly—a calling, a fusion of all the pieces of my life, a vocation: Pastor. But it took a while.”Praise for The Pastor:
“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
“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
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