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10 Habits for Effective Ministry: A Guide for Life-Giving Pastors

10 Habits for Effective Ministry: A Guide for Life-Giving Pastors

Studies reveal that many pastors are stressed out, discouraged, and tempted to leave the ministry. Giving practical advice and often drawing on examples from his own experience, Lowell O. Erdahl offers support and wise counsel for new and experience clergy alike. Erdahl shows that to provide life-giving ministries, pastors must develop ten key habits, including:
  • bonding with their people
  • having something to say and saying it well
  • becoming lifelong learners
  • picking their battles wisely and fighting them fairly
  • exercising gift-evoking leadership, and
  • respecting boundaries
"We are called in Christ to be life-giving pastors -- proclaiming, bearing, and sharing in attitude, words, and action the new abundant, full 'Life,' with a capital L, that Christ came to give."
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  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806629902
  • eBook ISBN 9781451413212
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date October 30, 1996


"Effective ministry doesn't just happen. The most gifted pastor may be a failure in ministry; the most ordinary may have an outstanding ministry. The difference is the cultivation of the kinds of down-to-earth patterns of living that Erdahl discusses."
--Dr. Herbert W. Chilstrom
former bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America