No one can be an expert in every field, despite what church members—consciously or unconsciously—may expect. Yet pastors do need at least a working knowledge of several specialized ministry skills.
Areas where the pastor is directly involved (preaching, counseling, performing weddings and baptisms) often aren’t as troublesome as those areas that demand the pastor’s indirect involvement (supervising others who are “doing” a particular ministry).
Most pastors are comfortable ministering to people. Often it’s more difficult to minister through people, whether paid staff or volunteers. This is a book about the three areas where pastors are most likely overseers rather than doers. It’s a handbook for non-specialists about the three most common specialty ministries: music, youth, and Christian education.
Each section has been written by a pastor who knows that specialty—but also knows that pastoring is more that a one-specialty affair. Pastors Garth Bolinder, Tom McKee, and John Cionca describe the essential knowledge for effective music, youth and educational ministries.
This is the sixth volume of THE LEADERSHIP LIBRARY, a continuing series from LEADERSHIP, the practical journal for church leaders published by Christianity Today, Inc. Others in the series have included When It’s Time to Move and Learning to Lead. More than a collection of theory, THE LEADERSHIP LIBRARY provides practical, proven ways to handle the most difficult areas of everyday church life.