Friendship is a need that touches the deepest parts of the human soul. This is especially true in ministry. It is a need that is not simply rooted in enjoyment and companionship, but in the necessity to care well of one’s soul and survive a long–term ministry. This book seeks to persuade every modern pastor of the essential need of friendship. And not just any friendship, but a close, personal, intimate, and sacrificial pastor–to–pastor friendship that regularly turns each other’s gaze to Jesus.
Friends and pastors, Michael Haykin, Brian Croft and James Carroll examine portraits of friendship in scripture and church history, before exhorting readers to modern pastoral friendships.
Foreword by Austin Walker
Part 1: Looking Back
1. Portraits of Friendships in Scripture
2. A Pastoral Friendship (1): Basil of Caesarea and Eusebius of Samosata (4th Century)
3. A Pastoral Friendship (2): Benjamin Francis and Joshua Thomas (18th Century)
Part 2: Looking Ahead
4. The Command for Friendship
5. The Blessings of Friendship
6. The Challenges of Friendship
7. Modern Exhortations to Pastoral Friendship
About Michael A. G. Haykin
Michael A. G. Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies in Louisville, Kentucky.
About Brian Croft
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow of the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
About James B. Carroll
James B. Carroll has been the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist in Bardstown, Kentucky since 2010.