How to Be a Church Minister

Nigel G. Wright

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This timely book sets out what is involved in being a Christian minister - its joys and challenges, its responsibilities and privileges. It discusses the call to and the work of ministry; the breadth and nature of the task. It will enable you to understand your calling more fully and inform your practice. It will stimulate careful and biblical reflection. How to be a Church Minister is relevant across a wide spectrum of church traditions, both to those already in ministry and to those contemplating the vocation. It is set to be a seminal volume on the subject.


  • Introduction: viewing the territory
  • Be clear about God's call
  • Lay firm theological foundations
  • Appreciate the need for recognition
  • Bear the word of God
  • Construct a supportive base for ministry
  • Build the congregation
  • Pastor the people
  • Conduct worship well
  • Have the courage to lead
  • Seek the lost, heal the sick, overcome evil
  • Value the occasional offices
  • Stay on the boil
  • Commit to lifelong development
  • Endure and prevail
  • Epilogue: ending well
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Author info

Nigel G. Wright is Principal Emeritus of Spurgeon's College, where he taught theology from 1987 to 1995 and was Principal from 2000 to 2013. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Historical Society. He is a prolific author and is widely engaged in preaching and teaching nationally and internationally.


Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857466891
  • Published: 20 April 2018
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
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