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Surviving Your First Year As Pastor: What Seminary Couldn't Teach You [Paperback]

By Angie Best-Boss (Author)
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Pages   93
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.73" Width: 5.03" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1999
Publisher   Judson Press
ISBN  0817013008  
EAN  9780817013004  

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Being a new pastor wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Armed with a shiny new degree and four years as a rookie youth pastor, I thought I was ready to conquer the world. Instead, I was confronted by a torn, broken church that was facing its own difficult transition. What I found was that my seminary had been well-intentioned enough, but was hardly grounded in the reality of church life. No one warned me that people would watch me when I shopped and tell other people what I bought. I didn't know that preaching the Easter message would get tough after the first year (didn't I say that last year?). And yet, I also didn't realize what an honor and privilege it is to officiate at a couple's wedding, to dedicate their child, to help them mourn a family member's loss. I didn't realize just how much they would come to mean to me. And for that, I am grateful to be here.

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More About Angie Best-Boss

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Angie Best-Boss (New Palestine, IN) is a health writer and the author of several health titles. She was the first consumer health book on polycystic ovary syndrome, an endocrine disorder. A member of the American Medical Writers Association, Ms. Boss is the current medical editor for and contributing writer for additional health websites. She has a bachelor s degree in sociology and a minor in journalism, as well as a master s degree in counseling.

David Edelberg, MD is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Holistic and Integrative Medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He earned his MD degree at the University of Illinois, and has had residency at the Vanderbilt University Hospital and Northwestern University Hospital. He is the president of the American Institute of Holistic Medicine, and has served as both author and medical editor in numerous health magazines and AMA publications. He is a member of several medical associations, including the American Medical Association, the American Holistic Medical Association, and the Illinois State Medical Society.

Angie Best-Boss currently resides in the state of Indiana.

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A Useful Resource  Jan 4, 2004
Angie Best-Boss has written a useful resource for seminarians looking ahead to their first ministry. As you might expect from the title, the focus is entirely practical. Don't expect any deep theological reflections.

Collected here, you will find the prevailing wisdom about virtually every aspect of ministry. While no subject is covered in any great depth, the breadth of the material in this short book is impressive.

Topics include: setting intial priorities, organizing your office, visiting, preaching, counseling, rites of passage, balancing your own family life, maintaining your spiritual life, church conflict, and getting support from colleagues.

Don't expect any "Aha!" moments. I've read or heard elsewhere just about everything found in Surviving Your First Year as Pastor. However, collecting all that advice in one place serves as a useful set of reminders.

While I doubt that this will be of enduring value throughout a ministry career, I am glad that I purchased the book. It has helped point out a few blind spots and reminded me about what is really important.


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