Throughout his time as bishop, Will Willimon has once a week sat down at his computer and tapped out short messages to the churches under his care. Sometimes his intention has been to comfort and console; sometimes its been to motivate and inspire. Sometimes hes written deeply theological meditations on the mystery of the Resurrection; other times, hes spoken in highly practical terms about what goes into making an effective congregation. Sometimes he wrestles with thorny issues of the day, like religion and politics; other times he lists the things you should do during the first week of a new pastorate. Always hes brought to the task his trademark humor and insight.
This book brings together dozens of these messages, each of them a gem of pastoral advice. If you want to know about the ins and outs, the highs and lows, of being a leader of Gods people, youve come to the right place.
Feeling most at home behind a pulpit, Will Willimons deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. He is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retired Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Will Willimon has published many books, including his preaching subscription service on MinistryMatters.com, Pulpit Resource, and Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love, both published by Abingdon Press.