The Gospel Ministry, edited by Philip Eveson, is a book whose contents were originally messages delivered at a symposium on the gospel ministry in the present day at the John Owen Centre for Theological Study in London, England. Like the men I was privileged to sit among in California, the men who contributed to this book are primarily men who have devoted their lives to the ministry. Each of the seven chapters deals with a particular aspect of the ministry. Topics range from the biblical and historical basis of the gospel ministry to examinations of the role of minister as evangelist and pastor. Particularly convicting chapters deal with “The gospel minister as preacher” and “The training of the gospel minister.”
Perhaps the aspect of the book that most appealed to me was the fact that the authors are, by and large, ordinary pastors. These are not world-renowned scholars, but men who have had their understanding of the ministry shaped by being in the trenches. They are, first and foremost, ministers. This is not a book that has originated from academia or that deals with generalities. Rather, it is a book that comes from the hearts of pastors and that deals with what ought to be of great importance to other pastors.
The Gospel Ministry is a practical, accessible book. I am sure that it would prove a blessing to any pastor who chose to read it. I am glad to recommend it to pastors and laypersons alike.Buy from Amazon