Pastors are persons. Most of the problems pastors experience in the parish are not caused by the pastor forgetting he or she is a pastor. Most difficulties pastors face in the parish arise when the pastor forgets that he or she is a person. This book is about the pastor as a person. It is a book about the experience of people who are pastors - their thoughts and feelings and behaviors. But this is also a reflective book, bringing to bear upon the pastors and their situations the perspectives of anthropology, the behavioral sciences, and philosophy, as well as theology.
Harbaugh captures your interest with dramatic stories of the inner lives of working pastors, weaving these stories into patterns of meaning from his own reflection and research. An excellent study guide for the individual pastor, the pastor's support group, or the seminary class that really wants to come to grips with the dilemmas of being a person who is also a pastor.