Available for Review: Shepherding the Pastor


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Shepherding the Pastor helps new and upcoming pastors understand the common challenges and pitfalls that arise in the early years of ministry and to face difficulties with faith, wisdom, and patience. 

Many pastors feel isolated and helpless, especially those beginning pastoral ministry. Phil Newton and Rich Shadden know what this road is like, and they want to share what they have gained from pastoral mentoring—Rich, a young pastor receiving support and guidance from Phil, an older, more experienced shepherd.

Using real-life examples of their mentor/mentee relationship, they identify four key practices that will help pastors thrive despite the stresses of ministry: a deepening walk with Christ, faithful exposition of Scripture, continual learning from mentors, and growth in skillful patience with their flock.

  • Pastors will learn from the real-life struggles of a young pastor and the grace-filled help of an older pastor.
  • Common ministry struggles are identified, and readers will learn how to live with faith and wisdom as they shepherd a church.
  • New and more experienced pastors will be encouraged that mentoring relationships are an antidote to pastoral burnout and are vital to thriving in ministry.
  • Published in partnership with 9Marks.

(Releases February 13, 2023)

What Others Are Saying

“This is a book I would love to place in the hands of every God-called pastor, elder, or overseer. It is a fountain of biblical and pastoral wisdom that will serve the body of Christ well for years to come.”
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Every pastor in his early years of ministry would profit from reading this book.”
- Donald S. Whitney, Professor and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life

“In Shepherding the Pastor, we get to learn from Phil as he mentors Rich Shadden. After decades of pastoral ministry, I’d happily sit at Phil’s feet once again. I need it!”
- Juan R. Sanchez, Senior pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, TX

“This book offers practical help rooted in Scripture for the early years of the pastoral journey and will help ministers of all ages.”
- Ray Pritchard, President, Keep Believing Ministries

About the Authors 

Phil A. Newton served as a pastor for over forty years. He continues mentoring and training pastors through The Pillar Network as Director of Pastoral Care and Mentoring and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he serves as an adjunct professor. He’s the author of several books, including 40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry and The Mentoring Church, and coauthor of Shepherding the Pastor. Phil and his wife live in Germantown, TN.

Rich C. Shadden has served as a pastor for over ten years. He continues pastoring and training pastors through the local church pastoral residency at Audubon Park Baptist Church and through Bethlehem College & Seminary, Memphis location, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. He is coauthor of Shepherding the Pastor. Rich, his wife, and their four children live in Memphis, TN.

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