Review of Bruce and Katherine Gould Epperly’s Four Seasons of Ministry: Gathering A Harvest of Righteousness

Written from a mainline perspective by two Disciples of Christ/UCC pastors, this volume is a very helpful guide to pastors, their spouses, as well as jurisdictional and congregational leaders of all traditions who seek to have spiritually, as well as emotionally, physically, and relationally health pastors and congregations. Focusing on Paul’s great affirmation in Philippians 1:6 “I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again,” the Epperly’s do a wonderful job of walking the reader through the challenges and opportunities that each of the four seasons of ministry provide. Hopefully and caringly written, Four Seasons of Ministry, provides a helpful set of ideas and practices, as well as information, germane to each season of life as a pastor. Underneath it all is a common commitment to health and wholeness. Published by The Alban Institute, Four Seasons of Ministry, is an ideal text for pastor’s study groups as well as those involved in ministry leadership and training. (Note: This book was given to me for personal and professional development and the review is offered for the reader as my take on my reading of this book.)


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