Lutzer takes a fatherly approach to some key issues in pastoral theology. Some issues addressed include dealing with congregational expectations, surviving church disputes, dealing with problem people, dealing with church politics, restoration of fellow ministers, and burnout. If you’re a younger man serving as a pastor/elder or have a desire to do so, I would encourage you to read this brief, but worthwhile, book.
First, Lutzer’s advice is level. He demonstrates wisdom and humility in his discussion of these issues and encourages the same approach in the reader. His insights are beneficial for a younger generation of ministers.
Second, the book is both concise and profound. Chapters are roughly four to six pages in length, but contain a cogent handling of the topic addressed. All of this while having a warm-hearted, devotional tone.
First, several points seem to reflect the moralism that seems to fit so comfortably in the cultural religious right. Along with this tends to come a short-sighted ethnocentricity which is, regrettably, the case in this book.
Second, an unfortunate number of problematic cliches make an appearance. For instance “forgive and forget” and referring to Arminianism as Armenianism.
Not a perfect book, but an excellent tool for those seeking wisdom on some of the trickier aspects of serving as a pastor/elder.
Grace to you.