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Pastoring the Pastor

Emails of a Journey through Ministry

Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner
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Daniel Donford is a new pastor: excited, filled with bright dreams, anticipating a big future for him and his new church, Broadfield Community Church. However opposition and obstacles lie just ahead, and both may end his journey into pastoral ministry before it has really begun. But Dan has an Uncle Eldon, if anyone can see Dan through his trials and disasters, Eldon can. The wisdom he offers, via a series of emails, might just be enough to see Dan transformed into the mature, selfless, loving pastor God wants him to be.

Tim Cooper

About Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper lives with his wife Kate and their four sons in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is Senior Lecturer in the History of Christianity in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. Before taking up this post he was the pastor of LifeSwitch, a church in the Hutt Valley on the outskirts of Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

Kelvin Gardiner

About Kelvin Gardiner

Kelvin Gardiner has pastored churches in New Zealand, the Philippines and the US. For ten years he led a ministry leadership organization overseeing one hundred US churches and providing pastoral support for overseas mission teams. He and his wife Jill currently offer pastoral care for mission agencies in Asia and Europe.


  • Authors: Tim Cooper and Kelvin Gardiner
  • Release Date: March 2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781845507848
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Ministry & Evangelism > Pastoral Resources


"This is a book that ought to be read not only by everyone in, or preparing for, pastoral ministry; but also by every church member who wants an insight into the ups and downs of their pastor's life. It highlights central principles of ministry, is full of good advice for a multiplicity of difficult pastoral situations, warns of temptations and snares as well as sharing with us the happier occasions of ministry, and all in the highly readable style of a series of email exchanges. Read it and discover why 'Everyone needs an Eldon."

Hector Morrison, Principal, Highland Theological College, Dingwall

"I could scarcely put this book down as I relived the pitfalls and missteps of the early days of pastoral ministry, but then the glories of wisdom, perseverance, and hope that gradually emerges. No matter what your pastoral setting, this book will help you get - or stay - on the paths of righteousness."

Greg Scharf, Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department and Professor of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
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