Help for Pastor Appreciation
This installment of Reviews and Recommendations is to help you and your pastors. Why say it that way? The items listed below are great reads for anyone. I would suggest ordering one of more of them through the links provided. Read the one(s) you choose. Then, when Pastor Appreciation comes around at your church, give it to the pastor with your personal recommendation! I have a number of books in my library that I received just that way. And these resources will help and bless you and your pastors.
Reviews and Recommendations
The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
I’ve not read everything by Dr. Keller, but I have not read anything of his that I did not like! This book will greatly expand your understanding of God’s grace through Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son.
Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ by Dallas Willard
Salvation isn’t about a transaction, it’s about transformation. Bible study isn’t about information, it’s about transformation. This book gives practical help for every believer seeking to be an intentional disciple of Jesus Christ.
Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer
Dr. Rainer examines 12 items which contribute to the death of a church – and how to keep your church on a healthy path. I would personally like to see more in this book about the purpose and mission of the church. Still a great resource.
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
This book used to be standard reading for seminary students. I don’t know why, but some courses on Spiritual Formations no longer require this classic. It’s a great resource for you, your children, your grandchildren, and your pastors! Anyone wanting a deeper walk with God needs to visit the classic spiritual discplines. Foster’s work will help!
Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership by Hartwig and Bird
This book addresses a very basic Biblical concept. It’s so basic many have forgotten it! God looked upon His creation and said, It is not good that Man should be alone. It’s an easy search to learn the volumes of material written about the loneliness of the pastorate. There is a very unhealthy paradigm of lone leadership in today’s church. That is why from the top of this piece I have mentioned your pastors – plural! God didn’t intend any of us to serve Him alone. We do it in community and YES, that includes pastors! (Soap box comments!) 🙂
One more thing – When you give your pastors any gift, give them two. Let them know you pray for them!
Soli Deo Gloria!