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.
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and Founder of Practical Shepherding.
James B. Carroll
James B. Carroll has been the Senior Pastor at Parkway Baptist in Bardstown, Kentucky since 2010.
We have too readily absorbed the radical individualism of our culture, and then wonder why we are lonely and overburdened. This book is a biblical, historical, and practical study of friendship for Christian leaders that I hope will be widely read and deeply.
Joel R. Beeke
President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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
… 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
Haykin, Croft, and Carroll offer gospel–grounded help for pastors who desperately need friends, and the good fruit that God provides through them.
Lead Pastor of Substance Church Author of The God Who Is With Us