Book Critque oF Stan Tolers-Practical Guide For Pastoral Ministry

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A Review of Stan Toler's Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry A Review of Stan Toler's Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry Summary `Stan Toler's Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry is a concise, exceedingly practical guide to the nuts and bolts of pastoral work.


In addition, it contains real world advice on such disparate yet related subjects as preaching, ecclesiastical leadership, personal coaching and communicating with others. The individual spiritual maturity of pastors is at the heart of Toler’s writing. Towards this end he stresses the lordship of Christ in all areas of a minister’s life. He discusses how the pastor should behave in public as well as private. He also speaks to how the man of God should interact with his family, friends and acquaintances and the members of his church. Personal devotion, obedience and integrity are all strongly emphasized by Toler within the text. He sees a healthy personal walk with God as the wellspring from which an abundant ministry flows from the pastor to his family, his church and the world at large. In chapter one he outlines six characteristics of great pastors. He says that they know how to pray, meaning that they are fervent in praying and actively seek time alone with God. He also says that effective ministers have strong personal integrity. For Toler this means having the courage and humility to admit when one has made a mistake. He writes: A great pastor always speaks the truth and has the courage to correct his or her mistakes. The words “I’m sorry” aren’t pulled from their mouths like an impacted tooth. Great pastors take responsibility for their actions. They lead with integrity. ...
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