On the Brink: Grace for the Burned-Out Pastor by Clay Werner
Pages: 144 | $12.99 | Paperback
Summary: As we learn from Christ’s crucifixion, any decision to sacrificially love sinners is going to hurt—really hurt. And our own sin makes things even messier. Pastors and church leaders know both sides of this well. In fact, many pastors leave the ministry after only five years, and one study found that 1,400 pastors leave the ministry each month “due to stress, disillusionment, or forced termination.”
Why is this? Ministry has many unique challenges. When the pain, frustration, and exhaustion of ministry build up in a pastor’s heart, it’s easy for him to lose sight of the incredible gifts given to him in Jesus Christ: hope and resurrection power that will strengthen him to carry on. Acknowledging the unique challenges of ministry, Pastor Clay Werner helps us reopen our eyes to the gospel’s soul-sustaining and heart-renewing comfort for church leaders.
About the Author:
CLAY WERNER (MDIV, WESTMINSTER SEMINARY CALIFORNIA) is senior pastor at Lexington Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lexington, South Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Liz, and their five children.
What Others Are Saying About this Book:
“Life infusing, heart enflaming, and ministry anchoring.” - Joe Novenson, Senior Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
“Realistic, gospel-grounded, grace-saturated encouragement for embattled and weary pastors. . . . The antidote to the temptation to drop out of the shepherd’s costly calling is not renewal of our own teeth-gritted resolution, but a fuller view of the panorama of Jesus and his costly love for me.” - Dennis E. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
“I commend this wonderful book to the many wounded warriors in Gospel ministry I meet every day—clergy and laity.” - Michael A. Milton, PhD, Fourth President & Chancellor, Reformed Theological Seminary
“A powerful reality check for those just entering the ministry as well as a valuable source of encouragement to those who are struggling in the trenches after many years of service.” - Iain M. Duguid, Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
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