The Approaching Sabbath

Spiritual Disciplines for Pastors

By Thomas R. Swears

Foreword by Fred B. Craddock

The Approaching Sabbath

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  • ISBN: 9781532692086
  • Pages: 128
  • Publication Date: 1/24/2020
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The Approaching Sabbath

Spiritual Disciplines for Pastors

By Thomas R. Swears

Foreword by Fred B. Craddock

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  • ISBN: 9781532692086
  • Pages: 128
  • Publication Date: 1/24/2020
  • Retail Price: $16.00
Web Price: $12.80
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About-

This volume shows pastors how to be spiritually prepared for the myriad tasks of pastoral ministry: preaching, pastoral care, church administration, worship, teaching, and more.

Thomas R. Swears demonstrates that study, reading, and prayer are three essential disciplines that lead to a more intentional and focused spiritual life. Swears shows:

—How to use time more creatively and holistically

—How to keep track of gleanings from daily life

—How to faithfully prepare for preaching

—How to keep a professional journal

—How to create a balanced reading program

—How to develop a personal devotional life

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Thomas Swears chronicles that week-after-week move of the pastor toward Sunday . . . with the hope and joy of one who has learned the secret of a sufficiency for ministry. . . . I think this book will be helpful to many pastors.”

Fred B. Craddock, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

“I recommend it to all who are called to the pastoral office: to the newly ordained as a valuable guide for setting spiritual directions, and to the veteran who needs to be challenged and encouraged to get back on track.”

Morris G. Zumbrun, Bishop, Delaware-Maryland Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

“This is a book to refresh the spirit of every pressured pastor. . . . Thomas Swears maps the territory of spiritual formation for the very persons who may well need it the most—ministers. In this discerning book, Swears journeys not only to the familiar regions of spiritual awareness, such as prayer and Scripture, but he also travels to seemingly mundane places, like church administration, and finds there sources of renewal.”

Thomas G. Long, Francis Landey Patton Professor of Preaching and Worship, Princeton Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Thomas R. Swears
Fred B. Craddock

Bio(s)-

Thomas R. Swears is pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Wilmington, Delaware, where he serves as a District Dean for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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