Reflections On The Care of Souls
LEADERSHIP JOURNAL 2012 BOOK AWARDS – BEST OF THE BEST!
“Oh, my, a book on the pastorate that is about, well, pastoring, shepherding! It’s a rare breed in our ambitious and managerial age. But it’s a biblical breed who knows that the minister is, from first to last, a minister of God’s grace.”-Mark Galli
Grace is the credential that lets us park close to people’s hearts. When Jesus
Christ, the Lord of the church, calls a pastor He instills a kind of heightened
instinct for grace; what we call a shepherd’s heart. However, pastors often
become disoriented by leadership demands, congregational expectation, and the
wounds of ministry. They forget how to use the grace of Christ in the everyday
work of pastoring.
Through striking word pictures and stories that resonate with every pastor, this book will reinvigorate pastors’ instincts for doing grace in the churches they shepherd. Author and pastor, Lee Eclov equips the reader to understand their calling, their equipping, ministering in difficult circumstances and relationships, the mutual benefits for the congregation and the pastor, and how to finish well. If you are training to be a pastor and wondering if you are called, a seasoned shepherd needing encouragement and affirmation, or simply someone who wants to encourage your pastor, you will appreciate the sage wisdom and confirmation poured out in the pages of Pastoral Graces.
LEE ECLOV is Senior Pastor of the Village Church of Lincolnshire (Evangelical Free) in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he has served since 1998. Previously, he served for 14 years as senior pastor of Chippewa Evangelical Free Church, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and for five years as an Assistant Pastor at North Suburban Evangelical Free Church, Deerfield, Illinois. His
columns on preaching and his sermons appear regularly at www.PreachingToday.com and he is a Contributing Editor of Leadership Journal. He has been an adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for over ten years, currently teaching pastoral counseling.
Learn more from Pr. Lee at his website www.leeeclov.com