Shepherding the Pastor helps new and upcoming pastors understand the common
challenges and pitfalls that arise in the early years of ministry and to face
difficulties with faith, wisdom, and patience.
Many pastors feel isolated and helpless, especially those
beginning pastoral ministry. Phil Newton and Rich Shadden know what this road
is like, and they want to share what they have gained from pastoral
mentoring—Rich, a young pastor receiving support and guidance from Phil, an
older, more experienced shepherd.
Using real life examples of their mentor/mentee
relationship, they identify four key practices that will help pastors thrive
despite the stresses of ministry: a deepening walk with Christ, faithful
exposition of Scripture, continual learning from mentors, and growth in
skillful patience with their flock.
will learn from the
real-life struggles of a young pastor and the grace-filled help of an older
· Common ministry struggles are identified, and readers will
learn how to live with faith and wisdom as they shepherd a church.
more experienced pastors will be encouraged that mentoring relationships are an antidote to
pastoral burnout and are vital to thriving in ministry.
Published in partnership with 9Marks.
(Releases February 13, 2023)
About the authors:
A. Newton served as a pastor for over forty years. He continues mentoring and
training pastors through The Pillar Network as Director of Pastoral Care and Mentoring
and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he serves as an adjunct
professor. He’s the author of several books, including 40 Questions about
Pastoral Ministry and The Mentoring Church, and coauthor of
Shepherding the Pastor. Phil and his wife live in Germantown, TN.
C. Shadden has served as a pastor for over ten years. He continues pastoring
and training pastors through the local church pastoral residency at Audubon
Park Baptist Church and through Bethlehem College & Seminary, Memphis
location, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. He is coauthor of Shepherding
the Pastor. Rich, his wife, and their four children live in Memphis, TN.