The Pastor's Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry

Author(s): R. Kent Hughes

Caring for Pastors

Written by two seasoned pastors, this practical book is a comprehensive guide to nearly every facet of pastoral ministry, including pastoral counseling, hospital visitations, funerals, weddings, the sacraments, holiday services, and congregational music.


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R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Edited by Douglas Sean O'Donnell (MAs, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College) is a senior lecturer in biblical studies and practical theology at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, after spending nearly twenty years in pastoral ministry. He is currently obtaining his doctorate at Trinity College Bristol through the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of a number of books, including The Beginning and End of WisdomThe Song of Solomon and Matthew in the Preaching the Word commentary series, and Psalms in the Knowing the Bible series.

Part 1: Christian Gatherings

  1. Sunday Worship

  2. Annual Services

  3. Weddings

  4. Funerals

  1. Enrichment: Poetry to Enhance Preaching and Worship

Part 2: Parts of the Worship Service

  1. Public Prayers

  2. The Historic Christian Creeds

  3. Hymns and Songs

  4. Baptism

  5. Communion

Part 3: Ministerial Duties

  1. 10 Pastoral Counseling

  2. Hospital Visitation


Appendix: Sample Wedding Services from Various Churches

General Fields

  • : 9781433545870
  • : Crossway Books
  • : Crossway Books
  • : October 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : R. Kent Hughes
  • : Hardback
  • : 592