Pastoring the Pastor Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  September 24, 2012

Pastoring the Pastor by Tim Cooper & Kelvin GardinerThis week we have several bloggers participating in a book review blog tour for Pastoring the Pastor: Emails of a Journey through Ministry by Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner (Christian Focus, 2012). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I recommend this book to new pastors (and their wives) and to church members who would like to get inside of the head and heart of their pastor. Even older pastors will enjoy the memories and be challenged to become Eldons.”
Greg Wilson (

“Pastoring the Pastor is a book I whole heartedly recommend. This heart-warming and at times heart-wrenching story of the ups and downs of ministry gives not only a realistic but also all kinds of practical and godly wisdom that will help pastors (and those they shepherd) toward understanding and an appreciation of what really matters as we serve Christ and His people. This would be a good book for the Bible College, or seminary student to read who is thinking and praying hard about entering pastoral ministry as this book will help these students to have realistic expectations about pastoral ministry. This book will help young Pastors also who are facing the same struggles Daniel is facing but with wisdom. Either way this book will help seminary students and young Pastors to begin to learn how to deal with opposition and obstacles in life and ministry.”
Dave Jenkins (

Pastoring the Pastor is window into the world of pastoral ministry. This clever little book allows us to see the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with the job. The story will grip and pull you, as you begin to see the inner lives of those who aim to faithfully serve their congregations. ”
Brandon Lehr (

“As someone who is seminary trained and vocationally called to ministry, I appreciated the practical advice even as I am still in the process of looking for a call. It reminded me of a couple of classes I had which warned of the pitfalls implicit in ministry. The fictional format allows Cooper and Gardiner to discuss the issues in an engaging way and makes difficult truths easy to swallow. I do not hesitate to recommend this to any of my colleagues in ministry. I found it very encouraging and you will too. If anything this book underscores the necessity of good mentors if we are to be faithful in following our call.”
James Matichuk (

“when you read this book, you will catch hope that even “Pastors” have needs, hurts, desires, and long for others to be in a relationship that helps them stay faithful until the end. Now faithful until the end doesn’t mean when their time at a congregation is over, but when they are leaving this earth and heading home to Jesus forever.”
Lisa Johnson (

” I very much enjoyed Pastoring the Pastor. Read the book. It will do you good. It may make you laugh. It may make you weep. It will help you to reflect on your ministry.”
Alan Davey (

Where to Buy:
 Pastoring the Pastor: Emails of a Journey Through Ministry is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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