Portraits of a Pastor: The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader by Jason K. Allen
As a pastor, do you feel like you’re wearing too many hats?
If you’re a pastor, you know the tension of balancing (or trying to) the many roles and expectations that come with leading a church. But are you able to distinguish which roles are truly essential? And can you measure how you’re fulfilling them?
Portraits of a Pastor features contributions from evangelical leaders like Jason Allen, Jared Wilson, Daniel Akin, and Owen Strachan on the essential roles and aspects of pastoral ministry. Together the book answers three important questions:
- What does it mean for the pastor to hold all nine roles?
- Why should the pastor fulfill these roles?
- How can the pastor most faithfully fulfill them?
A pastor must be a preacher, shepherd, missionary, evangelist, church historian, theologian, man of God, leader of his household, and leader of others—a tall order! After reading Portraits of a Pastor, you’ll:
- Have a clearer vision of the roles you should fulfill in the life of your congregation
- Be inspired to fulfill your calling by growing in new areas of leadership
- Know the unbiblical visions of pastoral leadership that may distract you from your core calling
It’s true: much is demanded of pastors. But it’s also true that too much is demanded of most pastors. Know what God has called you to, how to fulfill that calling, and what may be distracting you from it.
So What’s a Pastor anyway? – Being a pastor is perhaps one of the most misunderstood roles in our society today. Even for the individual who dedicates their lives to the calling, they often become emotionally, mentally and spiritually drained. Portraits Of A Pastor will take the reader on a journey into exactly what a pastor is, exactly what the expectations are of a pastor and back it all up with biblical authentication. From being a shepherd to being a man of God, the contributing authors paint a clear and well written account of each expectation. Portraits of A Pastor is a must read for any pastor or leader in the church today. – deckleedgebooks.com
Praise for Portraits of a Pastor – It is comforting and encouraging to find a book that takes pastoring seriously, that rightly prioritizes the character of the pastor, and that grounds the practice of pastoring in the words of Scripture. This is a wonderful book from Jason Allen, and his talented team of contributors, that will help equip the young pastor and encourage the established pastor. – Micah Fries, Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church
Talk about a book that’s hard to put down; what pastor doesn’t want to be fully equipped? This book challenges, informs, and inspires., Johnny Hunt, Pastor of Woodstock Baptist Church
As believers work together to push back lostness in North America and around the world, no one—outside of Jesus—will play a more important role than pastors. That’s why this book is so critically important. It’s like sitting down with nine pastoral mentors who will talk frankly and passionately with you about your most important pastoral roles as a husband, father, preacher, evangelist, leader, and more. There is no limit to what could happen if pastors lead the way in fulfilling the Great Commission. – Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board, SBC
In Portraits of a Pastor,we get a vision and pathway to more faithful and fruitful pastoral ministry. I’m thankful for and challenged by the content! – Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College
Pastors have multiple roles. Each is demanding, indeed impossible apart from the help of the Lord and the encouragement of the flock. Apart from Jesus, a pastor can do nothing (cf. John 15:5). Since 1983,I have served as senior pastor at four different SBC churches—each diverse in size. I understand something of the demands, responsibilities, problems, and blessings of the pastorate. Pastors need encouragement and sound, biblical advice to help them lead their churches. That is why I recommend this new work, Portraits of a Pastor. It will help every Christian understand more clearly the responsibilities of a pastor, and why his role is so vital to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. – Steve Gaines, Senior Pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, President of the Southern Baptist Convention
The New Testament uses three rich words to designate the pastoral office and another twenty (at least) to define and describe pastoral duties. As a pastor and a professor, I often lament that books on pastoring fail to stand at the intersection of the academic and the practical and provide a full-orbed picture of the pastorate. Better than any book I have ever read, Portraits of a Pastor captures both the simplicity of the pastoral call and the complexity of the pastoral life. Until now, I’ve never seen a book daring and honest enough to render the mixture of head and heart, of cerebral and visceral, of a life occupied with the study of the Word and an obsession with reaching the lost, that serving as one of God’s shepherds requires. Jason Allen and his colleagues instruct, but more importantly, they inspire. Reading this book made me grateful that I am a pastor, but it gave me the tools—and the way—to be a better one to the glory of God. – Hershael W. York, Pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY; Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY
The world at its worst needs the church at its best. Faithful churches require faithful pastors. Unfortunately, there are many who are confused about what the pastor is to be and do. Portraits of a Pastor paints a clear picture of the biblical role of the Christian pastor. Read this book! – H. B. Charles Jr., Pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Tabernacle, Jacksonville, FL
This wise group of pastoral theologians has teamed up to provide church leaders with a valuable resource for local church ministry. Portraits of a Pastor will refresh weary ministry leaders and guide aspiring leaders. This is not corporate business principles baptized, but biblically rooted, Christ-exalting teaching. I was edified by it, and I pray that it will strengthen and build up Christ’s church around the globe. – Tony Merida, Pastor, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC
About the Author
DR. JASON ALLEN is the fifth and youngest president of Midwestern Baptist Seminary. He has served as pastor and interim pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Alabama and Kentucky over the past fifteen years. He currently serves the church more broadly through writing and preaching ministries, including his own website www.jasonkallen.com, where he writes on various topics including higher education, theology, preaching, and cultural and local church issues. He and his wife, Karen, have five children: Anne-Marie, Caroline, William, Alden, and Elizabeth.