Officiating at weddings and funerals can be stressful for pastors. Since there is no "one size fits all" service, it's hard to tailor ceremonies to individual needs. Informative and practical, Blair's guide provides you with the ideas and support you need. Discover how to deal with difficult funerals, plan memorable weddings, prepare for the unexpected, and more. 259 pages, softcover from CSS.
If you're looking for a planning resource to help you deal with funerals and weddings, this book is worth its weight in gold. Pastors are repeatedly called on to perform these ceremonies in an infinite variety of circumstances, yet there's no one-size-fits-all service, so it's a constant challenge to come up with meaningful and appropriate material that witnesses to the Lord's power. In this book an experienced minister shares a wealth of ideas that help you tailor services to individual needs, making these complicated occasions ones of impact and success for your ministry.The Funeral And Wedding Handbook shows you how to ...* Deal with difficult funerals ... suicides, infants, non-Christians, and many more* Effectively comfort the hurting* Plan memorable weddings from premarital counseling to the recessional march* Be prepared for the overlooked details and unexpected events that often arise during funeral and wedding servicesRobert Blair's book stands alone as a comprehensive resource for both ministers and caregivers. Though systematic, the book is filled with examples from Blair's 40-plus years in the ministry, which makes the book dynamic, credible, and filled with wisdom. Underlying this work is Blair's humble, but all-encompassing devotion to Christ. An essential resource for all involved in funerals and weddings, this book is one of a kind.Mike InmanChaplain, Hospice of SiouxlandSioux City, IowaI have found Robert Blair's The Funeral And Wedding Handbook to be very helpful. It is well-written, informative, practical, and contemporary for today's minister. It is a great resource book, both for students preparing for ministry and those who have for many years served the Lord's people during these very important stages in life. Having this book is like having a good friend who's always ready to answer the how to and what to questions that come up in these situations. I highly recommend it to all ministers.Ron BontragerInstructor, Sunset International Bible InstituteLubbock, TexasFor 28 years, Robert Blair pastored the Church of Christ in Hollywood, California. A graduate of Pepperdine University (B.A., M.A.), Blair now resides in Cleghorn, Iowa. His writings have appeared in Leadership and Leadership Handbooks of Practical Theology.