What are the top 10 books every pastor should 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?

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. These are books apart from the Practical Shepherding books we obviously commend to you also.  We welcome your thoughts.

Doing Pastor’s Ministry (Top 10 List)

Enduring Pastoral Ministry (Top 10 List)

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One comment on “What are the top 10 books every pastor should read?
  1. Walker says:

    Here are some fantastic titles from a very different direction. I apologize if the links are messy:

    Minister’s Prayer Book, John Doberstein.

    The Hammer of God, Bo Giertz.

    Just Words: Understanding the Fulness of the Gospel, J. A. O. Preus.

    The Quest for Holiness, Adolf Köberle.

    Letters of Spiritual Counsel, Martin Luther.

    The Bondage of the Will, Martin Luther.

    Luther’s Small Catechism, Martin Luther.

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