General Clergy Books

A Christian Bookstore for Pastors
And the Congregations Who Love Them

General clergy books are to a pastor what wrenches and pliers are to a car mechanic: essential tools of the trade. And there's something else pastor books are good for: decoration! Books look great on a pastor's shelves.

While the Christian books listed below will look good on any shelf, I didn't chose them based on their appearance. I tried to find the best books for pastors and for people who want to better partner with and minister to their shepherds.

Many of these general clergy books make great gifts. Others are listed here to help you better understand and encourage your pastor.

In addition to these general clergy books, I also created a page with Christian discipleship books.

Pastor Appreciation Bulletins and Offering Envelopes

These bulletin covers can help encourage your congregation to show their pastor appreciation. The offering envelopes can be used for a special offering taken for your pastor and his or her family.

Pastor Appreciation Bulletins

Pastor Appreciation Offering Envelopes

Understand and Encourage Your Pastor

The general clergy books listed in this section help people better understand and minister to their pastors.

23194: How to Keep the Pastor You Love: Caring for Ministers & Their Families How to Keep the Pastor You Love: Caring for Ministers & Their Families
By Jane Rubietta

Pastors are human and experience depression, discouragement, and despair just like everybody else. Does your congregation support your minister when he needs it most? Exploring the flip side of pastoral care, Rubietta debunks the myth of the superhuman pastor and offers compassionate advice on how you can build healthy, mutually sustaining relationships with your church leaders. 180 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

Life in the Fish Bowl: Everyday Challenges of Pastors and Their Families
By F. Belton Joyner Jr.

The Pastor's Family

The general clergy books listed in this section help congregations better understand the life of the pastor's family.

The Pastor's Family: The Challenges of Family Life and Pastoral Responsibilities
By Daniel L. Langford

Counsel for Pastors' Wives
By Diane Langberg

Pastor Challenges and Burnout

The books for pastors listed in this section help pastors and congregations understand and triumph over the unique challenges of pastoral life.

287551: Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic Mad Church Disease: Overcoming the Burnout Epidemic

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the pace of life and ministry, Anne Jackson's book will help you slow down. From her own hard-earned experience she offers advice in Mad Church Disease. By taking a holistic view of stress and it's physical, emotional and spiritual causes, and through interviews with several church leaders, she presents a sound guide for recognizing and treating burnout before you've had enough.

In my opinion, Margin is the best resource for combating the overloaded life. It gets my highest recommendation.

36820: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Revised Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Revised

Are you worn out? This book offers healthy living in four areas we all struggle with: emotional energy, physical energy, time, and finances, and will prepare you to live a balanced life.

Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers
By Michael Todd Wilson & Brad Hoffmann

Before You Quit
By Blaine Allen

Clergy Burnout: Recovering from the 70-Hour Work Week... and Other Self-Defeating Practices
By Fred Lehr

Clergy Killers
By G. Lloyd Rediger

Pastors in Pain: How to Grow in Times of Conflict
By Gary Preston

The Wounded Minister: Healing from and Preventing Personal Attacks
By Guy Greenfield, Ph.D.

Honorably Wounded
By Marjory Foyle

Pastoral Politics: Why Preachers Resign
By John Gilmore

Leaders That Last
By Gary D. Kinnaman & Alfred H. Ells

The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, Third Edition
By Ken Sande

Pastor Search

The general clergy books listed in this section help pastor search committees be more effective in their task.

The Big Book of Job Descriptions for Ministry
By Dr. Larry Gilbert

In Search of God's Man: A Help for Pulpit Committees
By Douglas E. DeVore

A Pastor's Decision to Leave

The pastor books listed in this section help pastors and congregations make better decisions about and during a pastoral transition.

Before You Move
By John R. Cionca

Ten Commandments for Pastors Leaving a Congregation
By Lawrence W. Farris

The Ten Commandments for Pastors New to a Congregation
By Lawrence W. Farris

Moving On, Moving Forward: A Guide for Pastors in Transition
By Michael J. Anthony & Mick Boersma

Advice to Pastors

The clergy books listed in this section provide counsel regarding the role of a pastor.

975576: Pause, Recharge, Refresh: Devotions to Energize a Pastor"s Day-to-Day-Ministry Pause, Recharge, Refresh: Devotions to Energize a Pastor's Day-to-Day-Ministry

An experienced minister and mentor, London understands the pressures felt by pastors. Here he gathers personal stories, biblical insights, and reflections from well-known Christians to create a year's worth of encouraging meditations for those in active ministry. Accompanied by daily Scriptures, topics include integrity, marriage and family issues, staff relations, congregational unity, counseling, and more. 384 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

Making Spiritual Sense: Christian Leaders as Spiritual Interpreters
By Scott Cormode

Dear Pastor: Ministry Advice from Seasoned Pastors

Things They Never Taught You in Seminary
By Deborah Bushfield

My Highest Recommendations

The pastor books listed in this section earned my highest recommendation because they help pastors better understand the nature of the church and of pastoral ministry. In my opinion, pastor burnout is caused when ministry and the church no longer make "sense" in the pastor's world. These books help change that.

The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World
By Alan J. Roxburgh & Fred Romanuk

Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
By Edited by Darrell L. Guder

The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit
By Craig Van Gelder

36820: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Revised Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Revised

Are you worn out? This book offers healthy living in four areas we all struggle with: emotional energy, physical energy, time, and finances, and will prepare you to live a balanced life.

I hope that these general clergy books help you better understand, partner with, and minister to your pastor. And don't forget, many of these Christian books would be great pastor gifts.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Perhaps instead of general clergy books you might want Christian discipleship books.

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