Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls(Moody Publishers, 2012)
“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 expectations, and the wounds of ministry. They forget how to use the grace of Christ in the everyday work of pastoring.”
From my kind friends at Moody Publishers:
Through striking word pictures and stories that resonate with every pastor, Pastoral Graces will reinvigorate pastors’ instincts for doing grace in the churches they shepherd. Author and pastor, Lee Eclov will prepare readers to understand their calling, equipping, ministering in difficult circumstances and relationships, the mutual benefits for the congregation and the pastor, and how to finish well.
Whether you are training to be a pastor and wondering if you are called, or 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.
Paperback, 176 pages. Suggested Retail: $13.99. Also available for Kindle and Nook.
Pastor’s Service ManualNext Step Resources
This manual helps evangelical pastors give shape and language to the many kinds of services they’re called upon to officiate, such as:
- General worship service resources (from Calls to Worship to Benedictions)
- The Liturgical Year
- Commissioning of a missionary
- Installation of a pastor or lay leaders
- Reception of new members
- Dedication of a church building or ministry tools
- Celebration of a church anniversary
- The wedding service
- Renewal of wedding vows
- Dedication of children
- Dedication of a home
- The funeral service
- Anointing the sick
- Ministering to the bereaved
- and many others
For each service, pastors are given both traditional and contemporary language, as well as simple bullet point ideas for prayers, Scripture texts, appropriate comments, and other ideas.The manual is a practical, half-inch thick, 6 inch by 9 inch, three-ring binder so you can add and remove pages. It also comes with an access code to a digital copy which you can easily download in order to customize services for your own purposes. Available in both NIV and ESV.Order on Amazon, or at Next Step Resources
Loose-leaf, 194 pages. Suggested Retail: $29.95, with digital file.
“I had two funerals last week. Your Manual saved my bacon!”