How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor: A Guide to Spiritual and Emotional Well-Being

Paperback | March 17, 1998

bySteve R. Bierly

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Pastoring a small church is no small job. It can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. Read this book for a relief . . . And a turning point. Steve R. Bierly offers the seasoned reassurance of one who has been in the trenches of small-church pastoring. He understands your unique needs and problems not just as a pastor, but as a person. And he shows that, by God's grace, you can fulfill your calling and thrive in the face of its challenges. With humor and fatherly wisdom, Bierly helps you reframe your perspectives on - God - Your ministry - Your relationships - Your personal needs . . . And more. Drawing on years of experience, he offers assurance that you're not alone, a fresh outlook on the successes of your ministry, and an upbeat, practical approach to spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor will help you face realistically the rigors of your vocation . . . and reclaim your first love of ministry.

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Steve Bierly knows firsthand the needs and concerns of small-church pastors. He also knows how to meet the needs, handle the concerns, and thrive as a pastor with a congregation of 150 or less. Drawing on his twelve years of small-church experience, Bierly helps pastors reframe their perspective of God, ministry, relationships, their o...

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Pastoring a small church is no small job. It can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. Read this book for a relief . . . And a turning point. Steve R. Bierly offers the seasoned reassurance of one who has been in the trenches of small-church pastoring. He understands your unique needs and problems not just as a pastor...

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Pastoring a small church is no small job. It can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. Read this book for a relief . . . And a turning point. Steve R. Bierly offers the seasoned reassurance of one who has been in the trenches of small-church pastoring. He understands your unique needs and problems not just as a pastor...

Steve R. Bierly is the pastor of American Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa, where he lives with his wife, Deborah, and two children. He is the author of Help for the Small-Church Pastor and How to Thrive as a Small-Church Pastor.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.5 inPublished:March 17, 1998Publisher:Zondervan

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ISBN - 10:0310216559

ISBN - 13:9780310216551

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Table of Contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPART ONE: The Warning Signs1. The Way of All Flesh2. Tempests in a TeapotPART TWO: Taking Back Your Marbles3. The Ecstasy in the Agony4. We're Not in Kansas Anymore5. Get a Life6. Who Was That Masked Man?7. Pastor Yourself8. Fragile---Handle With Care9. Two-timing the Day-timer10. To Thine Own Self Be True11. God's-eye View12. I'm Not the Messiah13. The Only Thing to Fear Is Fear ItselfBibliographyNotes

From Our Editors

Steve Bierly knows firsthand the needs and concerns of small-church pastors. He also knows how to meet the needs, handle the concerns, and thrive as a pastor with a congregation of 150 or less. Drawing on his twelve years of small-church experience, Bierly helps pastors reframe their perspective of God, ministry, relationships, their own needs, and more. He offers seasoned, fatherly counsel -- assurance to small-church pastors that they're not alone; a fresh outlook on the successes of their ministries; and an upbeat, practical approach to spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. Filled with good humor, here is help for small-church pastors to face the rigors of their vocation realistically and reclaim their first love of ministry.