Released in the UK September 2022
Released in the US September 2022
Trade paperback | 160 Pages
9781527109162 • £8.99 $12.99
BISAC – REL074000
Friendship is a need that touches the deepest parts of the human soul. This is especially true in 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.
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.
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.
James B. Carroll
James B. Carroll has been the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist in Bardstown, Kentucky since 2010.
You are your best self, and so you are the best shepherd to God’s people, when deep abiding friendships mark your life. This book is a treasure for a pastor and for those that love them, especially as their friends.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Boyce College Professor, Friendship and the Christian Life Course
Dear pastors, for the good of your soul, do not merely take up and read this excellent work; develop intimate friendships as a result!
Pastor, Trinity Church of Benicia, and President, The Cornerstone Bible College and Seminary, Vallejo, California
The authors recognise the challenges in cultivating such friendship but, at the same time, convincingly promote its blessings as reflecting what it means to be truly human and authentically Christian.
Principal, The Irish Baptist College
… convincingly demonstrates from scripture and from history how loyal, supportive companionship (not just ‘excessive acquaintanceship’) can build resilience through the rigors of battle, and perseverance amidst the storms and isolating pressures of ministry.
Director of Church Society, and Adjunct Lecturer in Church History, Union School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales