The personal well-being of pastors and church leaders is often taken for granted. There is an assumption and expectation that “spiritual” people are resilient and know how to look after themselves. Unfortunately, however, many pastors and church leaders around the world do not attend adequately to personal well-being issues and consequently withdraw from ministry or fail to finish well.
Finishing Well in Ministry is a unique book that combines biblical truths based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and important personal well-being principles for longevity and faithfulness in our ministries. No matter how long you have been in ministry, this book will spur you to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
1. Imago Dei
2. The Importance of Self-Care
3. Paul: Pastor, Church Planter, Victorious Finisher
4. “Union Life” in Christ
5. Purpose and Destiny
6. Obedience to Christ
7. Call to Community
8. Theology of Weakness
9. Faithfulness in Ministry
Finishing Well in Ministry is theologically grounded in the Christian understanding of what it means to be created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26–27). Furthermore, it is biblically rooted in the life and the letters of the Apostle Paul. Through a careful study, Paul is lifted up as the model of what vibrancy and joy in ministry should look like. From him we learn the key ingredients and practices in experiencing such a ministry today. We are then invited to follow the example of Paul as he follows Christ.
Reading this practical, accessible book will surely rekindle your fire and renew your passion for ministry. Better yet, it will set before you a clear pathway and concrete practices that will enable you to run and finish the race to which Christ has called you with gladness and strength and joy.
— Stephen A. Seamands
Professor of Christian Doctrine, Asbury Theological Seminary