The New Pastor's Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry
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Help new pastors thrive!

Seminary graduates may have academic knowledge, but Jason Helopoulos offers advice on the practical matters including starting strong at a new church, persevering during difficult times, leading meetings and delegating tasks, safeguarding family, fighting discouragement and lack of contentment, and performing special duties such as hospital visits and weddings.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018358
ISBN-13: 9780801018350

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Most seminary graduates will begin their ministries with plenty of important head knowledge to share--but with a deficit of some of the most practical aspects of doing ministry, such as

- which ministry role most suits them
- how to start out strong at a new church
- persevering during difficult seasons of ministry
- leading meetings and delegating tasks
- safeguarding their family
- fighting discouragement, pastor envy, and a lack of contentment
- navigating special ministry needs, such as hospitals, weddings, and funerals
- and much more

Through his hard-won wisdom, Jason Helopoulos comes alongside new pastors as a trusted friend and mentor, ready to guide them through their first years of ministry with intelligence and compassion.

Author Bio

Jason Helopoulos (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, he has pastored three churches and speaks at conferences and retreats. A contributor to the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals' Christward Collective blog, Helopoulos also blogs for the Gospel Coalition and is the author of A Neglected Grace. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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  1. Chris
    Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Throughful Reflections for New and Season Pastors
    September 12, 2016
    Chris
    Singapore
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Are you a young budding pastor? Or going to be one soon? Then perhaps you should strongly consider getting this book in preparation for your ministry. Jason Helopoulos writes as an older pastor giving sound advices to young and budding pastors. Helopoulos writes in short and succinct chapters each with a clear focus that can allow readers to read them along side the daily devotion.

    In the first section Helopoulos deals with an important area that all pastors have to undergo, their calling. He explains what a calling is, and is not, and how one should discern his calling. He also deals with the practical issue of how to choose a candidate pastor as a church elder. From that Helopoulos moves to explain the different roles a pastor play. He pulls out the important points of what is required from a youth pastor, or what is necessary for an assistant pastor. I found this helpful as most books on pastoral usually focuses on being the solo or senior pastors role.

    Next, Helopoulos gets down to the daily ministry of pastors. He gives helpful and practical advices to pastors, giving them reminders and encouragement along the way. This section will be helpful for any pastors. At times pastors will need some aligning from their work and this will be a good reminder for them.

    Thereafter Helopoulos talks about the pitfalls young pastors usually fall for. This is also another section that isnt covered much by other books. This section will raise many points that young pastors should take special note. This will help them start well in their ministry.

    Laslty, Helopoulos talks about the joy serving the Lord as pastors. He ends of the book with a great encouragement to pastors. Although pastoral can be tough, draining and demanding, Helopoulos reminds readers that they are the ones who has been given the privilege to serve God in a full-time capacity and supported financially for it!

    All in all, this is an excellent book for those who are starting out in their pastoral ministry. Older pastors will not doubt find section 2 very helpful for your work too, but this book really seeks to serve the young budding pastors.

    Rating: 4.5 / 5

    Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
  2. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect gift for the recent graduate...
    November 17, 2015
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Written by a seasoned Pastor for the newest of Pastors, author Jason Helpoulos offers sage advice. With chapters devoted to starting the ministry strong, encouragements pertaining to leadership, listening, time, and caring, as well as pitfalls and joys of ministry, many important topics are covered. Each section begins with a scripture, gives guidance, and lends reassurance. In an easy to read, relate-able manner, The New Pastors Handbook shares those things usually not learned through textbooks and schooling, but rather through experience.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Though not a Pastor, I thought this book was well-written, informative and interesting. The style in which it was written could be useful in any book relating to a new career, activity, or phase of life. The manner was user-friendly, efficiently organized, easily consumed, and welcoming. The wisdom shared would be priceless to someone just starting the path of ministry, in the hopes that it would continue to be passed along. Personally, I found it interesting to read from a church members point of view, emphasizing that even Pastors struggle. Definitely the perfect gift for a recent seminarian graduate beginning to shepherd his own flock.

    RATING:

    4.5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of The New Pastors Handbook from Baker Books for my honest review*
  3. Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Every Pastor Needs A Hand
    October 13, 2015
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Every new pastor needs a hand to hold onto. Often that hand will begin with a book. For me that book was Lloyd Perrys A Manual of Pastoral Problems and Procedures. It was helpful and having the author at the front of the class gave it added meaning. However, it was written in 1971 and does not represent the 21st century church. Other books have been written to fill that need - including one by Jason Helopoulos.

    Though designed for new pastor, the book discusses 48 questions facing every pastor. The author begins by discussing the nature of a call, the practical issues that face all pastors, and ends with a few questions on self care. Some sections are dedicated to specific types of ministry (the solo pastor, the youth pastor, etc.). The responses are brief, maybe too brief, but certainly readable over a couple of months if one would read one entry per night. The eager reader could easily read two or three chapters each evening, a more thoughtful reader may want to take a longer time on each entry. With only 3-4 pages set aside for each issue, responses are of necessity brief. Some topics could be fleshed out with a complete book - but certainly no pastor or student has time to read separate books on each topic in the first year of ministry - perhaps over a lifetime. On the other hand, the pastor will want to flesh out his reading by locating and reviewing some of these larger works as he works and serves the people puts across his path.

    The book is not deep - but contains a great deal of practical advice. It will fit well into a Pastoral Procedures course in the Bible College; it might serve better as an ancillary text for a similar seminary course. It would also fit well when kept within reach of any pastor serving the local church.

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    This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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