Weak Pastor, Strong Christ: Developing a Christ-Shaped Gospel Ministry

Reuben Bredenhof

Reformation Heritage

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The second letter to the Corinthians is a touchstone for pastors seeking advice on effective ministry. It is a revealing window into the tumult of Paul’s relationship with this congregation that shows Paul’s concern for the spiritual welfare of a local church. Although he loved the Corinthians dearly and labored for them intensely, their relationship was marked by the tensions and challenges that are acutely familiar to church leaders today: unclear expectations, comparison to other pastors, criticisms of ministry style, vocational stresses, disputes over money, and more. Reuben Bredenhof expertly unpacks these complexities and reveals Paul’s vision for Christ-shaped gospel ministry—a vision that can help you, too.

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Table of Contents:

Introduction: Searching for a Model of Ministry

  1. Serving under Pressure
  2. Building a Ministerial Identity
  3. Pastoring Like a Father
  4. Preaching for the Glory of Christ
  5. Facing a Barrage of Criticism
  6. Handling Money Wisely
  7. Being a Willing Sufferer
  8. Working with Purpose

Afterword: Traveling from Corinth to Today

  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • March 2021
  • 9781601788429