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The Minister as Shepherd

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1912)
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This is an excellent book for anyone aspiring to be, or being called to be a elder/pastor. The topics that Charles Jefferson brings out in the book are obvious, but you don't really realize it until you read them. It is amazing that for a book written back in the early 1900s, how relevant it is to today. You would almost think that he is around today and wrote this book. There are a few things here or there throughout the book that I question or disagree with, but for the most part, I believe th ...more
This is a good book for me, with the emphasis of the shepherding aspect of the ministry. The first chapter discusses about the Shepherd idea which extends to the second chapter about what the Shepherd's work requires. The book also discusses about Shepherd's opportunity, temptations and reward.
Micah Lugg
I read this book in college and reread it for the sake of reminding myself of the shepherding task that I am called to.

Jefferson does not really make his case from Scripture, but rather seeks to draw parallels from the task of shepherding sheep to the task of shepherding souls.

I will continue to return to this book because Jefferson is a master at word pictures and writing pithy one-liners. In this, I know I will be encouraged and challenged to be a better shepherd as I follow the example of th
Adam T Calvert
It reads like one long, beautiful but convicting sermon to pastors. It simultaneously made me want to never become a pastor and also want to be one more than I ever have in my life.

Jefferson takes the reader through five chapters of what a pastor really is and needs to be when shepherding the flock. While there are some finer points I probably would't applaud, some hasty generalizations, and a couple false dichotomies along the way, it was still well worth the read and very piercing to my heart
Anthony F Russo
'The Minister as Shepherd' is a worthwhile read. The writing is at times poetic-but-laborious, but it is worth the effort. I didn't agree entirely with his devaluation of preaching compared to shepherding, it's not worth arguing; he's entitled to his opinion. There is far more I heartily commend in the book. Jefferson is both convicting and comforting. If you do your reading with a pen to underline worthwhile ideas, make sure it has plenty of ink when you start, because it won't by the time you ...more
Jacob Atchley
I'll read this book year after year from this point forward. Quite possibly the best book I've read on shepherding. The book is full of wisdom, encouragement, and practical instruction on Shepherding and being a pastor. Jefferson says the minister is watchman, guard, guide, physician, rescuer, provider (feeder), and lover. This book is priceless.
Ken Garrett
I'm re-reading this classic work, and am again struck with its relevancy and straight-talk regarding the pastoral ministry. Though given as a series of lectures 100 years ago, this book is so immediate in content it could have been written this week. Great reading for any pastor, elder, or student.
Thomas Almanza
A most excellent read! It puts a Shepherd's work into proper perspective. It delves into his work, opportunity, temptations, and rewards! I highly recommend this book for every person in the ministry. The author has a giant for a pen!
If I were a pastor I think I'd try to read this short book at least every other year. The cover is hecka cheesy but the content is pure gold. Maybe even a 5-star book (I'll reassess after reading it the 2nd time through)
Demetrius Rogers
Very, very good material to keep the minister grounded, humble and in love with his people.
Excellent book on pastoring. Should be required reading for pastors.
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