On Pastoring: A Short Guide to Living, Leading, and Ministering as a Pastor
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From one pastor to another...

No one is ever fully prepared for the ministry. For pastors just starting out, those needing a little rebalancing, or those growing tired in the trenches, a short guide to the basics is a welcome relief.

In On Pastoring, H. B. Charles gives 30 instructive reflections on the pastor's heart, leadership, and public ministry, covering topics like:
  • Cultivating personal godliness
  • Prioritizing your family
  • Guarding your ministry effectiveness
  • Planning, preparing, and preaching sermons
  • Balancing pastoral roles and duties
Being a pastor means wearing many hats, weathering lots of pressure, and bearing great responsibility. Let H. B. Charles be a trusted advisor as you do the serious work of shepherding a flock of God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802414605
ISBN-13: 9780802414601

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Author Bio

H.B. CHARLES, JR. Is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since the fall of 2008. He is primarily responsible for preaching-teaching, vision casting, and leadership development. Prior to coming to Shiloh, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding his late father, he began his pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen.H.B. Charles regularly speaks at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country. He has contributed to several books and journals, and is the author of It Happens After Prayer. H.B. and his wife Crystal have three children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey. Keep in touch with HB Charles at HBCharlesJr.com.

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"Pastor Charles has delivered a fascinating and well written book regarding pastoral ministry. I will begin by letting you know I am not a pastor. I work in the medical field, but I have served as a deacon in my church for the past two years. I try my best to encourage and support my pastor in his ministry and personal life, and I thought that reading this book might help give me a better insight and help me determine how I can serve my pastor and my church more effectively. A few months ago my pastor read me an article that was on Pastor Charles's website. It ended with the line "As the old preachers used to say, good meat makes its own gravy". So when my pastor told me that H. B. Charles had written this new book, I said "I bet there's some good gravy in that one!"

H. B. Charles preached his first sermon when he was 11 years old. By his middle teen years he was preaching basically every week. When he was 16, his father died. A year and a half later, at the age of 17, he was elected to take over as pastor of his father's church. H. B. Charles has been preaching and teaching all of his adult life. This puts him in a unique situation to advise other pastors on what it takes to build a successful pastoral ministry. His first pastorate was met with criticism and disdain from many church elders, but he soon realized that the congregation as a whole loved and accepted him. Through trial and error he persevered, relying on the Word of God, and continued to lead the church successfully.

Pastor Charles lets you know up front that this book is not a how-to guide for carrying out the various functions of pastoral ministry. Nor is it a theological reflection upon the essential nature of a pastor. He stressed that this book is more like a ministry compass to make sure the pastor reading it is heading in the right direction in their own pastoral ministry. The book is divided into three parts:

1) The Pastor's Heart - Being a pastorwho is first and foremost a Christian.

2) The Pastor's Leadership - Practical wisdom for leading your church with integrity, wisdom, and love.

3) The Pastor's Public Ministry - Preaching, teaching, and the ministry of the pastor before God and his congregation.

This book is saturated with scripture. Pastor Charles uses scripture as a reference to reinforce the practical advice he is giving.

There is a wealth of information and wisdom in this book for new and seasoned pastors alike. I believe this is one of those books that you keep on your bookshelf and reference when you are in a slump or if a particular situation arises. The final chapter is really good, titled "Things I've Learned Along the Way: Tips, Truths, and principles gleaned from 25 years of pastoral ministry". There is a section for further reading that contains recommended books and authors, and the appendix is packed with recommended books on theology, concordances, and commentaries. I would highly recommend this book to all pastors and to anyone that is involved with church ministry. I received this as a free ARC from Moody Publishers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."

Reviewed by Kyle Robertson on NetGalley, Apr 5, 2016


"Any book this guy puts out, I buy. I love HB Charles Jr. This book was powerful and helpful in the role of being a pastor. I have been reading any book on pastoring lately and this may be one of the best. The thing I took away from this book more than anything is the importance of your heart being connected to His heart. We only pastor from His resources and not ours. I am reminded of the disciples who had to come back to Jesus to get more baskets to feed the thousands...we are the same way. We come to Him to do ministry. That is critical that we all embrace that truth. Thanks for the advance reading of this book. Great book!"

Reviewed by JT Thomason on NetGalley, May 31, 2016

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    Often times, pastor are held in high regard because of their title. But dont let the admiration or respect fool you, pastors are weak & struggle often.

    To help both pastors & their flocks, H.B. Charles has penned some wisdom for pastoring along the way. The book features short chapters that address the specifics pastoring. Charles uses his own life lessons, anecdotes and illustrations to help pastors learn from him, because of what he learned from other pastors.

    This book is simply a guide for discipline of being a disciple that pastors. The book is sectioned in 3 aspects: Heart, Leadership, and Ministry.

    The subject matter that Charles addresses is provided in a conversation style of writing. Youll feel like youre sitting down with an old friend to discuss life and honestly that is a great approach to writing teachable lessonswhich is what this book is comprised of.

    Charles former book On Preaching led to this books publishing. I would refer both editions to pastors of any age or season in ministry.

    Thank you to MP Newsroom. I received this book from MP Newsroom for the purpose of an unbiased review.
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    On Pastoring is a book by a pastor, for pastors. Written in a conversational style, and illustrated throughout with personal anecdotes, H.B. Charles has produced a book that gives an honest assessment of the work of pastoral ministry and provides Biblical exhortation and practical lessons that he has learned along the way. The book covers a wide variety of topics; the pastor's spiritual life, his preaching ministry, and leading the church.



    The short chapters are full of wit and wisdom, grouped together in three sections: The pastor's heart, the pastor's leadership, and the pastor's public ministry. However, it is not necessary that your read the book straight through, each chapter can stand alone. Where some books on the ministry are not very applicable to pastors of small churches, this book's focus was upon faithfulness to God. I found it very encouraging to press on in the work of the Lord and think seasoned pastors and those who desire to get into the work would learn and be encouraged by the book.

    There are books that are written about how we wish things could be in the church. There are books written about how things should be in the church. This book is written from the perspective of how things usually are in a church, which makes it both challenging, and encouraging.

    Thanks to Moody Press for the review copy.
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