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What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary


By James Emery White

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Finally--everything you really need to know about surviving and thriving in a life of ministry

You learn a lot of important things in seminary. But what you can't learn in a classroom is what ministry is actually like on a day-to-day basis. There are no classes called Taking a Day Off, Maintaining Sexual Fences, or Emotional Survival 101. In this immensely practical book, veteran pastor James Emery White provides the kind of mentoring pastors desperately need. His insights will help you transform your relationships with staff and church members, develop healthy boundaries, deliver hard truths, avoid spiritually hazardous situations, use your time effectively, and much more.

"James Emery White offers an insightful, no-nonsense look into the real trenches of ministry life. I appreciate Dr. White's authenticity and candor in sharing his life's experiences. The practical applications of this book make it a must-read; not simply for those beginning their journey, making that difficult transition between the walls of the seminary and the walls of the Church, but for those of us who have been in the game for some time." -Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C. 

"You can learn a lot about ministry by attending church, and even more by going to seminary, but there are some things you can only learn by leading a congregation day after day, week after week. James Emery White gives us all a back-stage pass to accompany him in his pastoral ministry. It's a real education." -Marshall Shelley, editor, Leadership Journal; vice-president, Christianity Today International

ISBN: 9780801013881

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Baker Books, 2011

Pages: 192