“Grace is the credential that lets us park close to people’s hearts. When Christ calls a pastor He instills a kind of heightened instinct for grace; what we call a shepherd’s heart. However, pastors often become disoriented by leadership demands, congregational expectation, and the wounds of ministry. They forget how to use the grace of Christ in the everyday work of pastoring.”
Through striking word pictures and stories that resonate with every pastor, this book will reinvigorate pastors’ instincts for practicing grace in the churches they shepherd. Whether you are training to be a pastor and wondering if you are called, a seasoned shepherd needing encouragement and affirmation, or simply someone who wants to encourage your pastor, you will appreciate the sage wisdom and confirmation poured out in the pages of Pastoral Graces. Winner of Leadership Journal’s 2012 “Best of the Best” award in the category, “The Leader’s Inner Life.”
Oh, my: A book on the pastorate that is about, well, pastoring, shepherding! It’s a rare breed in our ambitious and managerial age. But it’s a biblical breed who know that the minister is, from first to last, a minister of God’s grace. I have said this about few books in my long life, but it clearly applies to this one. Required reading for every pastor, a book destined to become a classic.
–Mark Galli, senior managing editor, Christianity Today.
“Plenty of books teach ministers how to be CEOs. Some texts teach them how to be good preachers. Only a few inculcate valid principles for pastoring, and rarer still are those that do it well . Pastoral Graces is a gem of a book that does it superbly. Plus, Lee Eclov has practiced what he preaches for over thirty years. The stories he tells are all true and eminently replicable, at least when one’s heart is so filled with God’s grace as his is. I know; he married my wife and me!
–Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary