Thursday, July 14, 2011

What God Expects a Pastor to Do

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Despite the rise of mega-churches in North America, the vast majority of churches remain small. It is often necessary for pastors of small churches to work another job in addition to serving their church, leaving them in danger of burnout if some of their duties are not delegated to others. Author Dr. Terry W. Dorsett identified that leadership teams working in partnership with pastors can truly make pastors healthier and ministry more effective.

In his book, Developing Leadership Teams in the Bivocational Church (published by CrossBooks), Dr. Dorsett provides concise and effective guidance for small-church congregations and pastors looking to build and strengthen their leadership teams. Using New Testament church leadership principles, Dr. Dorsett offers lessons, exercises, and worksheets to train lay people to help their pastors with two of the most important and time-consuming ministry duties—preaching and pastoral care.

“I strongly recommend that pastors let lay people preach on a regular basis,” said Dr. Dorsett. “In fact, I show how that is what God expects a pastor to do. Whereas, most pastors prefer to do all the preaching themselves.”

Six fun, easy-to-use and successfully tested training sessions show pastors how to confidently empower students to fill the pulpit and make pastoral visits when needed. Developing Leadership Teams in the Bivocational Church is written by an effective bivocational pastor who desires to share what he discovered were some of the best practices for bivocational ministry.

Ministry does not have to be done alone. By learning how to work together on a pastoral leadership team, lay leaders and pastors alike can more effectively share the Gospel with their community and can assure the maximum long-term health of their church.

About the Author
At the age of 16, Terry Dorsett joined one of America's largest congregations, Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. While in college, he joined the pastoral staff at that church and learned important concepts about how to reach a community for Christ. Next came a brief period serving in youth ministry in South Carolina before working with the North American Mission Board (SBC) in 1993. In 2001 Terry became the Director of Missions for the Green Mountain Baptist Association. Terry and Kay partnered with three other families in 2004 to start Faith Community Church. Terry is known for his energetic sermons and often travels around the nation leading workshops on bivocational ministry and on how to help small churches reach the next generation.

About the Publisher
CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing company committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. For more information, visit

1 comment:

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