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The Contemplative Pastor

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In the busyness of preaching, teaching, and overseeing church ministries, it’s easy to let the urgent displace the important. The immediate overwhelms the eternal. And pastors find themselves “running the church” but not “curing souls.”

This book is a reminder of the essence of ministry. It offers fresh thoughts on the important but neglected art of spiritual direction.

This book provides welcome refreshment for parched pastors. Peterson does not heap up guilt for not being more disciplined. Instead, the book itself is an oasis, a source of rejuvenation and recommitment to true ministry.

This is the seventeenth volume of THE LEADERSHIP LIBRARY, a continuing series from LEADERSHIP, the practical journal for church leaders published by Christianity Today, Inc. Other volumes in the series include Well-Intentioned Dragons, Preaching to Convince, and The Healthy Hectic Home.

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  • Title: The Contemplative Pastor
  • Author: Eugene H. Peterson
  • Publisher: CTi; Word
  • Publication Date: 1989

Eugene Peterson (1932–2018) was an author, college professor, and pastor born in East Stanwood, Washington. He graduated from the Biblical Theological Seminary in New York (now New York Theological Seminary) and earned a Master’s degree in Semitic Languages from Johns Hopkins University. In 1962 he became the organizing pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Bel Air, Maryland where he pastored for several decades. After retiring from Christ Our King, Peterson taught for five years at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He then retired to the state of Montana where he had grown up. He is especially well-known for his paraphrase of the Bible from the original languages: The Message.


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