New Pastor's Handbook

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Author: Jason Helopoulos


Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry

Start your ministry off strong--and smart

If you're like most new pastors, you will suddenly realize in your first years of ministry that you are not prepared for many of the practical aspects of your calling. The New Pastor's Handbook is your guide to navigating these unfamiliar waters. With his hard-won wisdom, pastor Jason Helopoulos comes alongside you as a trusted friend and mentor to help and encourage you through your first years of ministry. He'll show you how to

· start out strong at a new church
· persevere during difficult seasons of ministry
· lead meetings and delegate tasks
· safeguard your family
· fight discouragement, pastor envy, and a lack of contentment
· navigate special ministry needs, such as hospital visits, weddings, and funerals
· and much more


About the author:

Jason Helopoulos (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is associate pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, he has pastored three churches and speaks at conferences and retreats. A contributor to the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals' Christward Collective blog, Helopoulos also blogs for the Gospel Coalition and is the author of A Neglected Grace. He lives in Lansing, Michigan.


"I wish I could have read this book when I was just starting out in ministry. Jason's writing is marked by grace, biblical insight, and the surefooted wisdom that only comes from experience. This personal, practical volume will serve as a valuable mentor for many young pastors, and quite a few older ones too."  ~Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan; author of Crazy Busy

"The joys of pastoral ministry are enormous, but so are the challenges. Helopoulos's work is a welcome guide for new pastors as they confront the many difficult issues new pastors regularly face. New pastors and their churches will be greatly served by this book."  ~R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Finally, a practical and thorough guide for real pastors in the trenches of real ministry. This book tells you what they don't tell you in seminary. I have been in some form of ministry for twenty years now, and this is precisely the sort of book I could have used at the outset of my service to the church. Pastor Helopoulos shows us how we are to be not only shepherds of God's flock but also, more fundamentally, shepherds of our own hearts and homes. I want to get this into the hands of every seminary student and every new pastor to the end that Jesus Christ might be glorified in our love and care of his bride."  ~Burk Parsons, copastor of Saint Andrew's Chapel; editor of Tabletalk magazine

"I wish The New Pastor's Handbook had been available when I was starting out. Thirty-nine years on, it is a helpful reminder to do the basics. I commend it enthusiastically."  ~Alistair Begg, senior pastor of Parkside Church

"If you are sensing a call to ministry or in the early years of ministry, this book is a must read. As a pastor for over thirty years, I find Jason's book has reenergized my own calling. May God use it as a template for gospel training."  ~Bob Bouwer, senior pastor of Faith Church (RCA)

"Jason Helopoulos has written a modern classic that will prove to be as helpful as The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges has been since 1830. Every new or young pastor should consider this required reading as they follow God's call in their life to serve the church."  ~Joe Thorn, lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship

"So who is helping younger pastors these days, especially in their first church? It is hard to come up with a name or two. Well, you can add Jason Helopoulos to the list. Jason has a burden to reach out and help younger pastors, and he can help you too in The New Pastor's Handbook."  ~Aubrey Malphurs, professor of leadership and pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary; founder of the Malphurs Group

"Where was this book when I was first ordained? The New Pastor's Handbook is the perfect book to give to a new pastor (or an old one, for that!). Ultrapractical and stuffed full of timeless wisdom, this is a book I will recommend often and reread regularly."  ~Tim Challies, author of The Next Story; pastor of Grace Fellowship Church