Shepherding God's People

A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry

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This comprehensive textbook on pastoral ministry articulates a biblical model for shepherding God's people. Siang-Yang Tan, a leading psychologist and seminary professor who has served as a pastor for more than two decades, addresses a wide range of pastoral topics, covering twelve major areas of pastoral ministry. The book highlights the essential work of the Holy Spirit and focuses on the spiritual life and the personal and family life of the pastor. It includes cross-cultural perspectives of special interest in our diverse world. Shepherding God's People will serve as a valuable handbook for seminary students, professors, pastors, and church leaders.


Foreword by John Ortberg
Part 1: Biblical and Theological Foundations of Pastoral Ministry
1. A Biblical Perspective on Pastoral and Church Ministry
2. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit as Crucial and Essential for Pastoral Ministry
3. The Spiritual Life of the Pastor
4. The Personal and Family Life of the Pastor
Part 2: Areas of Pastoral Ministry
5. Preaching and Teaching
6. Corporate Worship
7. Intentional Disciplemaking and Spiritual Formation
8. Evangelism, Missions, and Social Concern
9. Leadership
10. Mentoring of Church Staff and Lay Volunteer Coworkers
11. Pastoral Care and Counseling
12. Church Boards, Budgets, and Buildings
13. Weddings and Funerals
14. Small Groups and Fellowships
15. Integrity and Ethics
16. Leaving and Retiring

The Author

  1. Siang-Yang Tan

    Siang-Yang Tan

    Siang-Yang Tan (PhD, McGill University) is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in California. He is associate editor of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, contributing...

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