What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary

25 Lessons for Successful Ministry in Your Church

by James Emery White (Author)JAMES WHITE (Author)Perry Noble (Foreword by)
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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.

"Far too many leaders insist on learning from their own mistakes. James Emery White is a seasoned leader who has done the hard work of serving up his most valuable lessons from a practitioner's view. For the sake of God's work in you and those you lead, please read this book!"--Jim Mellado, president, Willow Creek Association

"What makes this book indispensable is the down-to-earth, learned-the-hard-way advice and insight. It has moved to the top of the 'must-read' list for the church planters and young pastors I work with."--Geoff Surratt, director of church planting, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California

"An insightful, no-nonsense look into the real trenches of ministry life. A must-read--not simply for those beginning their journey but for those of us who have been in the game for some time."--Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, DC

"Wow. If you want a book to tell you what ministry is really like, then this is your best shot. Read it and treasure it."--Brian Tome, founding and senior pastor, Crossroads Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

"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 backstage pass. It's a real education."--Marshall Shelley, editor, Leadership Journal; vice president, Christianity Today International

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, White is the author of several books, including Rethinking the Church.


James Emery White, Author

James Emery White (MDiv, PhD, Southern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; president of Serious Times, a ministry which explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts ChurchandCulture.org; ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president; and author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages.

Awarded a Garrett Teaching Fellowship in both New Testament and theology, Dr. White has also done advanced university study at Vanderbilt University in American religious history and continuing education at Oxford University in England. He has served as a visiting professor at such institutions as New Orleans Seminary, Southern Seminary, Southeastern Seminary, and the Moscow Theological Institute. He has also served on the Board of the Boston Theological Institute, which includes such schools as Boston College, Boston University, and Harvard.

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