In 40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry, veteran pastor Phil Newton provides trustworthy answers to 40 of the most common and pressing questions relating to the life and work of the pastor. Covering five major categories—such as development, practices, and preaching—Newton equips pastors to successfully handle everyday duties and challenges, including:
Basing his answers on Scripture, theological reflection, and personal experience, Newton serves as a mentor and guide for pastors at every stage of ministry. The questions and answers are self-contained, and topics of interest can be easily located. Pastors will want to consult this volume often for authoritative advice on all aspects of pastoral ministry.
“The emphasis on the Lord God as Shepherd communicates his presence, care, nurture, comfort, protection, guidance, leadership, and provision. Any future use of the shepherding metaphor for those serving his flock must connect these characteristics to pastoral ministry.” (Page 21)
“pastoral ministry involves care, protection, provision, and nearness to the flock.” (Page 27)
“Inevitably, pastors have strengths in some areas and weaknesses in others. That’s why we must follow the pattern of plurality found in the NT church.” (Pages 31–32)
“The most important focus of pastoral ministry must be the pastor’s care for his own soul. With it he multiplies his pastoral effectiveness.” (Page 67)
“Busyness with ministry and soul care of others must never get in the way of personal soul care.” (Page 61)
Phil A. Newton earned his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as senior pastor at South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 1987.