Holy Rebellion: Redefining Excellence in Pastoral Ministry
“Can rebellion be holy? Certainly, as long as we rebel against things that God abhors. It’s time to rebel against the desire to make ourselves great in pastoral ministry.”
These words come from the introduction to Holy Rebellion: Redefining Excellence in Pastoral Ministry by Dr. Kevin Moore, pastor of Lamar Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Dr. Moore has written a fitting primer for ministerial students. It serves to shape a student’s mindset regarding the nature and practice of pastoral ministry.
Dr. Moore illustrates several inadequate models for ministry. He demonstrates the leadership failures of CEO pastors, fashionable pastors, rocking chair pastors, and visiting scholar pastors. In contrast, he presents the model of a pastor whose motivation is love.
The seven chapters communicate the nature and application of this love.
Chapter 1 — Love Your Church Beyond Barriers
Chapter 2 — Love Your Church with God’s Word
Chapter 3 — Love Your Church in Prayer
Chapter 4 — Love Your Church through Visitation
Chapter 5 — Love Your Church During Change
Chapter 6 — Love Your Church within Conflict
Chapter 7 — Love Your Church Amid Stress
This brief volume makes a nice gift to a graduating high school or college student who is preparing for a ministry career. Young pastors in their first churches will also benefit from it. It will encourage your heart as well.
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Numbers 14:24 But since my servant Caleb has a different spirit and has remained loyal to me, I will bring him into the land where he has gone, and his descendants will inherit it. (CSB)
Luke 9:18-20 While he was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, that one of the ancient prophets has come back.” “But you,” he asked them, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” (CSB)
Luke 9:7-8 Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was going on. He was perplexed, because some said that John had been raised from the dead, some that Elijah had appeared, and others that one of the ancient prophets had arisen. “I beheaded John,” Herod said, “but who is this I hear such things about?” And he wanted to see him. (CSB)
Psalm 56:1,2 Be gracious to me, God, for a man is trampling me; he fights and oppresses me all day long. My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me. (CSB)