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Publication Date: 2013
Ministry can be brutal. Discouragement, frustration, and exhaustion are common experiences for all church leaders, often resulting in a lack of joy and a loss of focus. Aiming to encourage and strengthen pastors in particular, Jared Wilson helps readers rediscover the soul-satisfying gospel of grace as he creatively merges biblical exposition and personal confession. In addition to covering topics such as holiness, humility, and confidence, Wilson explores the nature of pastoral ministry through the lens of the five solas of the Reformation. Full of real-world examples from the authors own life and ministry, this book reminds all pastors that their justification is not found in ministry success or audience approval, but rather in the finished work of Christ.
Pastor, The Village Church; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network
It ought to go without saying that pastors who preach the gospel need the gospel desperately themselvesbut it doesnt. In The Pastors Justification, Jared Wilson boldly reminds ministers where their true measure of success and fulfillment is found. This book will help shepherd shepherds back to the confidence and humility found only in Jesus.
President, LifeWay Research; author, Subversive Kingdom
Nothing has been more frustrating as a pastor than proclaiming the person and work of Christ in a sermon to my church and then realizing I have not applied the gospel to my own heart and life the whole week. Jared is a welcomed guide for pastors who want off of the performance treadmill.
Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; author, For the City and Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission
Why do so many pastors feel burned out, burned up, and simply burned? We allow ourselves to be shaped by the many pseudogospels rooted in our guilt-driven, shame-based, performance-oriented approaches to ministry. The Pastors Justification by Jared Wilson exposes these idols and invites us to rediscover the gospel of grace and its application for pastors and church leaders. Jared exercises his considerable pastoral compassion and skill to offer a fresh, much-needed word for burned-out pastors.
Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky; co-author, Faithmapping
Pastor, you are not aloneyour feelings of loneliness, fear, insecurity, and mediocrity are shared by all pastors, to one degree or another. Pastors need other faithful shepherds to preach to us, admonish us, comfort us, and point us to Jesus. We need others to come alongside us as we look not primarily for better techniques or bigger churches, but to the unity, safety, security, and justification that we have in our Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. This book will engage not only your intellect, but your motives, your idols, and your dreams. Every congregation should want their pastor to read this book, and every pastor will want his congregation to do the same.
Copastor, Saint Andrews Chapel, Sanford, Florida; Editor, Tabletalk magazine
mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Everyone should read thisJanuary 1, 2014mojoTexasAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jared C. Wilson is the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Vermont and the author several books including; Your Jesus is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, and the The Pastor's Justification.
The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry is a wonderful inside look into the life of a pastor. One of the best things about this book is the transparency that author Wilson reveals. Many of Wilson's stories of success and failure as well as many of his personal struggles are part of what makes this book more than a "how to."
In fact, I think Pastors will appreciate that this is not a "how to grow your church" book at all. It sounds like it should be a "how to be a better pastor book" but it's really not. I think most pastors suffer from "the grass is always greener" mentality. And much of the pastor's focus becomes "how can I build a bigger/better church?" And then success or failure is measured by "butts, bucks and building." Despite what most people think, ministry is hard work and so the pastor needs "fuel" to keep him going.
Starting with a Bible study on 1 Peter 5, Wilson asks the pastor "where is your focus?" Is it Jesus? Is it the cross? Is it the Kingdom of God? Wilson rallies a call back to what makes a pastor "a pastor." (reading this I had many flashbacks to reading Eugene Peterson's "Pastor Memoir")
I really think that all pastors should read this book. I also think that congregations would benefit from this book as well, as it would give them real insight into the pastoral role and would change the way they view and treat their pastor.
Reading this book would be a great way to start the new year. Highly recommended.
Thank you, Crossway Publishers, for providing a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.