Though it took place some six decades ago, Avery Lee and Gardner Taylor still vividly recall their first meeting. "People were talking about this great young preacher in town," Dr. Lee recalls, "and I knew they weren't talking about me!" Dr. Taylor remembers, "Avery came to my office. We talked a bit and became friends. It blossomed from there." He continues, "In those days, the patterns of segregation were so sharp, so severe, so frozen, that it was more than unusual for a white person and a black person to develop the kind of friendship that Avery and I had."
Perfecting the Pastor's Art celebrates the author's friendship. It is their gift to current and future generations of pastoral leaders. Based on some 120 years worth of experience, the authors address the following and more:
- Important traits in being a pastor
- Pitfalls for young pastors
- How to deal with difficult people
- Books that should be on every pastors shelf
- Sermon preparation
- Principles of pastoral counseling
These two legendary figures from two different cultural traditions address a wide range of topics, from preparing sermons to pastoral counseling to dealing with difficult people in the church. They also name books that should be on every pastor's shelf and offer reasons why.
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