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.
Eugene H. Peterson is the pastor of a 300-member Presbyterian church, but he has focused his ministry on the practice of spiritual direction. Christianity Today published a major article on Peterson, calling him a “monk out of habit.” He has earned a widespread reputation as a thoughtful, articulate practitioner of the spiritual disciplines.