10 Quotes from Shepherding the Pastor

Q&A with Phil and Rich (Part 1)

Q&A with Phil and Rich (Part 2)

Phil A. Newton served as a pastor for over forty years. He continues mentoring and training pastors through The Pillar Network as Director of Pastoral Care and Mentoring and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he serves as an adjunct professor. He’s the author of several books, including 40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry and The Mentoring Church, and coauthor of Shepherding the Pastor. Phil and his wife live in Germantown, TN. 

Rich C. Shadden has served as a pastor for over ten years. He continues pastoring and training pastors through the local church pastoral residency at Audubon Park Baptist Church and through Bethlehem College & Seminary, Memphis location, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. He is coauthor of Shepherding the Pastor. Rich, his wife, and their four children live in Memphis, TN. 

To purchase a copy of Shepherding the Pastor, click here. To listen to Phil on the Baptist 21 Podcast, click here. To see the review on the 9marks website, click here.

Quotes from Shepherding the Pastor

1. No matter a man’s ministry setting – a church plant, a revitalization, or a church that’s more-or-less healthy already – a man still needs training. (Pg. 11)

2. Impoverished is the pastor who lacks trusted mentors. (Pg. 18)

3. Prioritize all other pastoral responsibilities around this one exhortation: Preach the Word! (Pg. 37)

4. A preacher needs to wrestle with the text, to see himself in light of God’s revelation, and to cling to the gospel as he repents of sins revealed and worships the Lord who gave himself for his people. (Pg. 40)

5. Without a biblical trellis in place, the void of leadership will be filled in unhealthy ways, inevitably neglecting essential vine work. (Pg. 50)

6. The whole of God’s Word guides the church and its pastors into living as the people of God. (Pg. 71)

7. A Word-focused ministry leaves the results up to God. (Pg. 74)

8. The trials we encounter only serve to drive us back to Christ and into the sure promises of gospel security in him. (Pg. 95)

9. Obedience does not earn salvation; it just gives evidence that we’re following Jesus. (Pg. 136)

10. Faithful preaching also develops faithful listening, so that disciples’ ears get trained to noticed details in the Word that affect interpretation and application. (Pg. 140)

Evan Knies is an elder of North Hills Church in West Monroe, LA. He is husband of Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and Southern Seminary.

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