Burgess, Andrews and Small: A Pastoral Rule for Today

Reviving an Ancient Practice

A Pastoral Rule for Today
(IVP, 2019)

WHO: John P. Burgess, the James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; Jerry Andrews, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in San Diego, California; and Joseph D. Small, former director of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Theology and Worship.

THEY SAY: “A pastoral rule challenges us to grow in holiness for the sake of the gospel.”

THE BIG IDEA: This book explores the wisdom that seven major Christian thinkers offer for defining and sustaining Christian ministry today.

A chapter is dedicated to each of the following Christian thinkers: Augustine, Benedict, Gregory the Great, John Calvin, John Wesley, John Henry Newman and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The authors show what pattern for ministry these men followed that encouraged them and enabled them to focus on what was most important in their pastoral task. The book presents a pastoral rule for modern times and a guide for readers to develop their own pastoral rule.

“We believe a pastoral rule, by helping us to focus on the core of our calling, can free us from the avalanche of demands that oppress us.”

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