What are the top 10 books every pastor should read…and re-read?

Have you ever tried to pick a favorite hymn or Scripture passage when asked? Impossible, isn’t it? At least it is for me. I had similar feelings when my pastoral interns asked me to pick my top books every pastor should read. Too many to choose from and where does the list end? Nevertheless, they demanded this of me and I conceded. So, I thought I would share it with you hoping it might prioritize your reading list for the future. I have chosen my lists based on the 2 greatest needs I see modern pastors face: How to do faithful pastoral ministry, and how to persevere in pastoral ministry.

Therefore, I have 2 categories of a top 10 list: One category of books that explain how to think through pastoral ministry as you do it; the other set to help a pastor remain steadfast in the work. I welcome your thoughts.

Doing Pastor’s Ministry (Top 10 List)

 

Enduring Pastoral Ministry (Top 10 List)

Posted in Book Recommendation, The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry
5 comments on “What are the top 10 books every pastor should read…and re-read?
  1. James says:

    Thanks for making these excellent recommendations. I hope that many of your readers do read them.

    If you have read everything in the first list and wish for something in the same vein but more new to you, I think that the pastoral theologies of Thomas Murphy and Patrick Fairbairn more than hold their ground among the first ten.

  2. kimberly says:

    One of my fave biographies is the one by D A Carson on his dad Thanks for including that.

  3. Weldon says:

    Brian,

    I’m moving slowly through a small book that was given as a gift, The Gospel Ministry by Thomas Foxcroft. It might be premature to give it a full recommendation, but I can say, so far so good and think it would be another good one for pastors. Soli Deo Gloria Ministry publisher.

  4. Weldon says:

    hasty, hasty hasty. I meant to also mention that it is the sermon that he preached at his own ordination in 1717.

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