The Vulnerable Pastor
How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry
from the back cover:
Often pastors feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively. That’s why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. But we know we can never live up to those images. We know our own limitations, our weaknesses. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we’d be disqualified from ministry.
Not so. Mandy Smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God’s strength is revealed through our human weakness. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout.
We don’t have to have it all together. God has called you to lead not as a demigod but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for people like them.
Here is a video overview of the book:
To get the book, visit this page on the InterVarsity Press site.