The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read

(but is too embarrassed to ask)

Caring for your pastor and the difference it makes

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What do you think about your pastor? Do you chew over his sermons and wonder if they are clear and helpful? Do you feel he spends enough time with you? In fact, do you ever catch yourself wondering what he does all day?

The truth is, often we think, "What can my pastor do for me?" Far less often do we think, "What can I do for my pastor?"

Former seasoned pastor, Christopher Ash, urges church members to think about pastors not just in terms of what they do – how they lead and pray and preach and teach and so on – but what about who they are. He encourages us to remember that pastors are people and to pray for them as they serve us.

Paradoxically, caring for our pastor will be a blessing to us as well as to them, and create a culture of true fellowship in our church family.

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  • Introduction
  • The pastors’ Hall of Faith
  • Why look after your pastor?
  • Seven virtues of church members that impact our pastors:
  • 1: Daily repentance and eager faith
  • 2: Committed belonging
  • 3: Open honesty
  • 4: Thoughtful watchfulness
  • 5: Loving kindness
  • 6: High expectations
  • 7: Zealous submission
  • Somebody needs to really know your pastor!
  • Conclusion: Where do we go from here?


Author Christopher Ash
ISBN 9781784983635
Format Paperback
First published 2019
Dimensions 128mm x 178mm x 11mm
Language English
Pages 128
Publisher The Good Book Company

I was delighted that Christopher Ash’s new book unpacks the overlooked exhortation of Hebrews 13 v 17, namely, that it is the responsibility of the sheep to make the shepherd's work a joy and not a burden. Christopher lays out seven ways to do so. I know of no other book like this—it is a "charge to the congregation" that is more specific and practical than anything else you will find in print.

Timothy Keller

Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer Presbyterian Churches

Where do you get lay leaders and people who know how to pastor their pastor and (in doing so) make him a better pastor? You could wait for them to miraculously appear (and I've had my share) or give out this book in great quantities. It comes from a pastor who understands the pulpit and the pew and who wonderfully reflects the grace of the Chief Pastor, Jesus Christ. This is a book that will make pastors weep for joy that someone understands and will make people wise for action of the most useful kind.
We loved it.

Simon and Kathy Manchester

St Thomas' Anglican Church, North Sydney

Too many pastors today are discouraged, isolated, and weary, and it shows in the alarming rate of drop-out from pastoral ministry. In this book, Christopher Ash has pooled his extensive experience and wisdom to produce a book that could help make a real difference. If church members and leadership teams can read this book, we could help more pastors persevere and thrive in their ministry to us.

Michael Reeves

President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology

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