The Imperfect Pastor

Discovering Joy in Our Limitations Through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus
Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Dear Pastor,  

Desire burns within you. You've trained and dreamt of doing large things in famous ways as fast as you can for God's glory. But pastoral work keeps requiring your surrender to small, mostly overlooked things over long periods of time.  

You stand at a crossroads. Jesus stands with you. You were never meant to know everything, fix everything, and be everywhere at once. That's his job, not yours.  

So what now? Let the apprenticeship begin.

©2015 Zachary W. Eswine (P)2019 eChristian

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The content is great. But the audiobook is not

In the end, I bought the book. The Imperfect Pastor should be a required reading for every pastors. It reminded me of the way how old pastors work, unlike in this 21st century generation where pastors are expected to be popular, ambitious and have a "business like" success look.

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Looking to Christ

I enjoyed how honest the author was in this book and how he showed how his points were observed in the ministry of Christ, whom we are to imitate. I would recommend going through this read with someone else who you can have open dialogue with. There are things going on in the hearts of Gods ministers that he exposes here. Being open, honest and accountable will help the principals in this book stick.

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very helpful

I am becoming a pastor soon and so have been reading some books about the pastoral ministry. Of course The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter is a classic but it is very deep and almost overwhelming: you wonder how anyone can be a decent pastor. The Imperfect Pastor seems very wise and explains the importance of key elements in your expectations and the church's expectations. Not being an hurry all the time, not looking forward always to the next greater place, comparing our plans to Jesus plans, things like that. I have no expertise in pastoral ministry yet so I cannot say whether he is correct all the time, but there seems to be a lot of wisdom here and it helped me a lot.

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Interesting style, but a beautiful reality given

I thought it was a little strange that the narrator changed voices with the characters described considering the nature of the book. Also, at times the metaphors seemed to ramble and became clunky. But overall it is a beautiful portrayal of radically ordinary pastoral ministry and a refreshing call back to the beauty of the basics in a world of noisy self-promotion and pressure to perform.