Let’s Read: The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring
Given that Christians are people of the Good Book—Scripture—I think that it is fair to say that Christians should generally be people of books. This is not to say every Christian must be reading a mountain of books every year. Rather, Christians should be people who read steadily—whether quickly or slowly. We should continually be renewing our mind with both Scripture and other written materials that will help us to better understand Scripture (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23).
At the Irish Baptist College we recognise that not everyone is a reader. For this reason we have established an initiative entitled Let’s Read with the aim of encouraging Christians to read trustworthy books in manageable chunks. Periodically we will invite you to read through a book over a period of months and during that time we will post a monthly reflection on the blog to encourage further contemplation on what is being read.
Our next book is The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring by Bobby Jamieson. While this title has been chosen with our students in mind, it would be a beneficial read for anyone who is considering ministry. Indeed, it is likely to prove a helpful book for those who are involved in discipling others who might be considering ministry. We encourage you to pick up a copy and read along with us.
On the final Monday of each month a reflection will be posted on this blog. For ease of reference here is the proposed schedule:
January: Read Chapters 1–4, pp. 11–54 (reflection posted on Monday 31st January)
February: Read Chapters 5–12, pp. 57–97 (reflection posted on Monday 28th February)
March: Read Chapters 13–23, pp. 99–152 (reflection posted on Monday 28th March)
April: Read Chapters 24–27, pp. 155–176 (reflection posted on Monday 25th April)
Participants are also invited to share striking quotes or personal reflections from the book on social media using #LetsRead to connect with each other.