-In my first seminary class, we were asked to introduce ourselves
and say why we enrolled. I'll never forget what one student
said...'My denomination wants me to have an M.Div., but once they
see I can grow a big church, I don't think they'll make me finish
the program.'-The priorities of this future pastor were startling,
but he's not alone in them.In the years since that class, author
and minister Skye Jethani has seen more and more pastors swallowed
by the celebrity syndrome. Not long ago, ministers were among the
most trusted and admired people in our culture. But not anymore. A
2013 study from Gallop revealed that Americans' admiration for
clergy has reached an all-time low. That, taken with reduced trust
of institutional religion overall, makes it easy to see why
ministers feel insecure about their calling. In response to this
trend, some pastors have looked to emulate those who are praised by
the culture--business leaders, entertainers, and social activists.
This has led to a new understanding of what a minister should be.
We've turned away from viewing our pastors as shepherds, and now
expect them to be celebrities. Immeasurable will help ministers
recognize the cultural forces shaping their view of the calling,
and then reimagine what faithful church leaders can look like in
the twenty-first century. Through short essays and reflections on
the pastor's soul and skills, this book will help prospective
pastors explore their calling to ministry, and it will help veteran
pastors reframe their vision for the work. Drawing on cultural
dynamics, personal stories, and his own experience working in a
church and with church leaders, Skye Jethani will address matters
like ambition, anger, community, consumerism, fame, health,
justice, platform, preaching, rest, simplicity, success, vision,
and more. There are endless resources to help pastors do the
practical work of ministry, but there are far fewer that speak to
the pastor's soul and spirit. Immeasurable provides affirmation and
encouragement for church leaders faithfully serving God. It
commends the true work of ministry--shepherding, teaching,
encouraging--while redefining what we mean by success in ministry.
It's a book church leaders can return to again and again for
insight and inspiration.
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