Senior Professor Jim Bryant (Criswell College) and Senior Pastor Mac Brunson have compiled a guidebook in the tradition of W.A. Criswell's Guidebook for Pastors (1980). Their purpose and desire was to create a work that is relevant to the postmodern twenty-first century milieu in which pastors find themselves. It is a text which covers a breadth of topics and circumstances a pastor faces throughout his or her ministry.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 320 Vendor: B & H Publishing Group Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.83 (inches) ISBN: 0805444297 ISBN-13: 9780805444292 Availability: In Stock
The New Guidebook for Pastors is written in the tradition of classics like Criswell’s Guidebook for Pastors. But since most pastoral guidebooks available today date back to 1980 or earlier, this new resource by Mac Brunson and James W. Bryant will offer fresh experience-based encouragement to all pastors in their pursuit of excellence and development in their God-called profession.
Among the twenty chapters are "The Pastor and His Call," "The Pastor and His Family," "The Pastor and His Staff," "The Pastor and Worship," "The Pastor and Finances," "The Pastor, Wedding, and Funerals," "The Pastor, Politics, and Moral Issues," and "The Pastor and His Denomination."
Mac Brunson is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He holds degrees from Furman University (B.A.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). Brunson and his wife have three children.
James W. Bryant is senior professor of pastoral theology at The Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.), and SouthWestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). Bryant and his wife have two children.
Author: James W. Bryant Located in: Dallas, TX Submitted: July 14, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated
from Wheaton College in 1958. I was ordained to
the Gospel Ministry in 1959. I hold two degrees,
the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Theology
from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Fort Worth, Texas. I have been preaching since I
was 16 and served at a pastor or an assistant
pastor in churches in Georgia, Texas, New Mexico,
and Arkansas. I have served as the President of
Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, and Vice
President for Academic Affairs at Criswell
College in Dallas, Texas. Since 2004 I have been
in the classroom as Senior Professor of Pastoral
Theology at Criswell. Ruby and I have been
married since 1959. We have two sons and two
What was your motivation behind this project? The publishers were talking with Mac and me about
revising Dr. Criswell's guidebook, published by
them in 1980. Mac and I decided to write our own.
Both of us saw the need for pastors to have a new
guidebook that was up-to-date and was reached a
balance between the spiritual and the practical.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This book was written to guide pastors from the
time they first acknowledge a call of God to
preach until they go to their reward in heaven.
There is an intergenerational uniqueness about
the book in that the co-author, Mac Brunson, was
a member of my church in Fort Worth, Texas when
he was a seminary student back in the 1980's.
Then he became my pastor at First Baptist Church
of Dallas, Texas when I moved back to teach at
Criswell College. No similar guidebook has been
published by Baptist authors since 1980. The 14
appendices (not shown in the Table of Contents on
line) cover practical subjects such as: What to
Do if You Are Fired; Where Does a Pastor Go for
Counseling; How to Build a Preaching Library; and
How to Give an Invitation in a Public Service,
just to mention a few. In these appendices web
sites are given to add to the richness of
pastoral resources found in the extensive
bibliography. The book would be a great gift for
laymen to give to their pastors, for pastors to
give to young men called to preach, and, because
of the documentation, could be used as a textbook
in Pastoral Ministry courses. Several seminary
professors have already indicated they will use
it as a textbook. May God bless it in the lives
and ministries of many pastors and church staff
members through the years!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The book is patterned after W. A. Criswell's
guidebook for pastors published in the 1980's. I
worked for Dr. Criswell in the late 1960's and
early 1970's before becoming a pastor myself.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Both of the authors are committed to expository
preaching and seek to relate that commitment in
each chapter. Although we both are Southern
Baptists, the book is written for any evangelical
minister. In other words, the book is trans-