The Pastor by Eugene H. Peterson
A Memoir

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In The Pastor, author Eugene Peterson, translator of the multimillion-selling The Message, tells the story of how he started Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland and his gradual discovery of what it really means to be a pastor. Steering away from abstractions, Peterson challenges conventional wisdom regarding church marketing, mega pastors, and the church’s too-cozy relationship to American glitz and consumerism to present a simple, faith-based description of what being a minister means today. In the end, Peterson discovers that being a pastor boils down to “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on now’ between men and women, with each other and with God.”


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Eugene H. Peterson, author of the best-selling contemporary translation of the Bible titledThe Message, is professor emeritus of spiritual theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Published February 22, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 341 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Eugene Peterson's memoir on his call and formation as a pastor.

Apr 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Pastor: A Memoir


However, a new pastor, or an old one, a lay person or seeker will be blessed by listening and learning from the interior journey of a soul who seeks to be the person and to do ministry that God has ordained for him.

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The story of a new church development in the basement of his home, which over time becomes a connected congregation of worship and care, is heartening for the whole Church, especially when denominational statistics reveal so much decline and when pastors struggle to know who to be and how to sust...

Mar 01 2011 | Read Full Review of The Pastor: A Memoir


I had never planned to be a pastor, never was aware of any inclination to be a pastor, never “knew what I was going to be when I grew up.” And then—at the time it seemed to arrive abruptly—there is was: Pastor.

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