What is The VERY Best Book for Pastoral Ministry? This One!
Yes, of course…the Bible comes first, and if you are a Lutheran, the Book of Concord comes second. But…aside from those books. Without a moment’s doubt, hesitancy or fear of contradiction, I am simply going to say this: The Pastoral Care Companion is, by far, the finest, most useful, practical, meaningful and powerful book for pastoral ministry available. Don’t believe me? You haven’t used The Pastoral Care Companion.
Let me make this point also very clear. This is a tool that will be useful to any Christian pastor who wants to ground his ministry on the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If those two things are not your priorities for pastoral care, this book is not for you. [If they are not your priority for pastoral ministry, then perhaps you should consider a different occupation!].
Still don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.
The book is available in print form, and in Amazon Kindle format and in ePub format, as an awesome smartphone App for iPhone/iPad and for Android. Please, do yourself a huge favor, and what is more, please do those to whom you are called to minister a real favor and bless them with the use of this book as your “everyday carry” companion. The Pastoral Care Companion…don’t leave home without it.
Here a PDF file you can look at to get a taste of what’s in store for you in the Pastoral Care Companion.
This expansive resource provides the pastor with a wealth of materials in his work of caring for souls in times of sickness and distress.
Includes resources for more than 60 topics, divided under eight categories:
• at the time of birth
• ministering to the sick
• at the time of death
• times of spiritual distress
• home and family
• times of celebration
• miscellaneous situations.
For each topic, resources include: brief theological commentary to guide the pastor, psalm verses, Bible readings, additional psalm and reading suggestions, prayers, hymn stanzas, and other hymn suggestions.