Pastor's Handbook  -     By: John R. Bisagno
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Based on his 60 years in ministry, Bisagno's guide is a major expansion and revision of his former book Letters to Timothy. It now includes 162 brief yet powerful chapters of practical insight for handling real-life pastoral issues---working with church staff and elders, managing personal finances, conducting funerals, feeding God's sheep, dealing with relocation, and much more. 469 pages, hardcover from B&H.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 469
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.21 (inches)
ISBN: 1433671492
ISBN-13: 9781433671494
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Powerful. Practical. Pastoral. Pastor’s Handbook is the major expansion and revision of beloved preacher John R. Bisagno’s previously heralded work, Letters to Timothy. Based on his sixty years in ministry, it now includes 160 brief yet powerful chapters of practical insight for handling real life pastoral issues—“things that might have fallen through the cracks in seminary.”

Bisagno still mentors young pastors in his retirement and recognizes new challenges in this profession known for its high dropout rate. Keeping that in mind, Pastor’s Handbook adds helpful entries on such issues as “The Seeker Friendly Church,” “Solving Worship Wars,” “Multiple Campuses,” “New Media,” and “Home Groups” as well as “Internet Pornography,” “Biblical Inerrancy,” “The High Cost of Overnight Change,” “Homosexuality,” “Christianity and Islam,” and more than a dozen other timely topics.

Bisagno also refreshes many of the original chapters, factoring in new world issues and his updated survey of pastoral colleagues.

In the foreword, pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren (The Purpose-Driven Life) writes, “My prayer is that an entire new generation of pastors and church planters will use this book to develop the necessary perspective, convictions, character, and skills needed for ministry in the 21st century from this giant of the 20th century.”

Author Bio

John R. Bisagno is pastor emeritus of the 22,000-member Houston's First Baptist Church where he preached for thirty years. He has also authored twenty-five books and now serves on the adjunct faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Bisagno and his wife, Uldine, have three children and eight grandchildren. They live in Houston, Texas.

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  1. North Jackson, Ohio
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    husband loved it
    December 29, 2013
    timme
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    this book has brought new insight to my husband in certain areas. He is very happy with the book. Sometimes it is hard to by someone else a book but I felt that the discription given with this book help me make a good choice
  2. Lisle, IL
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    April 9, 2012
    luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
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    Gender: female
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    When you serve the Lord for 60 years, as has Rev. Bisagno, it seems obvious that the number of insights and practical tips that you would have for those who have never served, or have served for less time would be significant. Still, one is typically unprepared to read a book that contains 161 chapters, regardless of the content! Of course, the book is not really intended to be read as though it were a novel. It is intended to be a resource that can be consulted on occasion, reading ideas and suggestions from a ministry leader who has truly "done it all".

    From that perspective, this work is definitely helpful. Akin to picking up the phone and consulting with a seasoned mentor, accessing the wisdom it contains is easy and the various topics, while not covered exhaustively, are heavily referenced with scripture and anecdotes. The final product offers thoughts and ideas, insights that were hard won, through trial and error, and ultimately in the successful execution of evangelism and ministry. If you are on the cusp of ministry, using this book as a reference would not be wasteful - indeed, the few coins you spend acquiring this could save you hours of sweat and many dollars later.

    That said, I did read the entire tome. I did not agree with all of Rev. Bisagno's assertions or ideas, but since I understand the doctrinal differences we have, I was not surprised. I was actually amazed by the humility and grace with which he addressed many sensitive areas - including one that is near to me, which is the idea of women in ministry. Since I am just beginning to preach at my own church, I was delighted to discover that were it possible, Rev. Bisagno would not decline an invitation to hear me simply on the basis of my gender, and that he acknowledges that God can use the one He uses to bless and edify the Church.

    At the end of the day, I believe this book has merit. There are many things I believe a young or experienced pastor, either one, could learn and use from its use. With humor, humility, and a great deal of wisdom, Rev. Bisagno offers a handbook that would assist those in ministry, regardless of their particular theological position, provided they are interested in advancing the Kingdom of God through the preaching of the Gospel.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
  3. Upstate NY
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    Practical, Biblical, Devotional
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    The last time I read a rewritten classic, I was sorely disappointed. Happily, this was not the case as I read John Bisago's Pastor's Handbook.

    I also found myself surprised at the style of the book - I expected to see sample worship service, sample prayers, sample sermon outlines. I found these - but I found so much more. The book is laid out as a series of devotionals - each about 2-1/2 pages in length. Each "devotional" is rooted in scripture, but it is also practical.

    Beginning with a series of short devotionals (i.e. essays) on the nature and the origin of the church, the book moves on to more practical matters. The section headings provide a survey of the topics covered:

    Part 1: The Church

    Part 2: The Pastor as God's Man

    Part 3: The Pastor as Spiritual Leader

    Part 4: The Pastor as Organizational Leader

    Part 5: The Pastor as Preacher

    Part 6: Worship Services

    Part 7: Programs and Ministries

    Part 8: The Church Staff

    Part 9: The Church Finances

    Part 10: Facilities and Operations

    Part 11: Other Important Matters

    Part 12: Issues/Taking a Position

    A closer look at the table of contents will provide a more detailed look at the subjects covered.

    Though the author is now a retired pastor, he does not speak for the graying church. He recognizes the need for the church to be more than it was it was - it will reach out to speak to people from various cultures and different generations.

    Though I come from the Wesleyan Church, I found John Bisago's book interesting, helpful and encouraging. Pastors and leaders from across the ecclesiastical spectrum would be assisted in reaching their world for Christ as they take the time to study the 400 pages of the Pastor's Handbook.

    I was glad to have the opportunity to read this book

    This review is based on an electronic copy of the book provided without cost by the publisher for the purpose of writing this review.
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