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The Apostle Paul has been examined and scrutinised on so many areas of his teaching and ministry, and there are thousands of books to read on this subject, but why is this one any different? Patrick Whitworth’s book is different because it examines an area of Paul’s ministry that has so far been largely overlooked: his ‘pastoring’.
Read this to discover a side of the Apostle Paul you too may have overlooked or under-emphasised in your reading of Scripture. Pastors of today should not only look to Paul for their definitions of doctrine, methods of teaching and inspiration, but also to his skill as a pastor.
Paul As Pastor by Patrick Whitworth was published by Bible Reading Fellowship in October 2012 and is our 24283rd best seller. The ISBN for Paul As Pastor is 9780857460462.
Patrick is the Rector of All Saints Weston in Bath, and an established and thoughtful writer on topics to do with the life of the church today. In this, his seventh book, Patrick takes an unusual look at Paul, not as an evangelist and church planter, but as a pastor - suggesting that it was Paul’s ministry as an evangelist which in fact shaped him as the pastor he undoubtedly became. It's full of insight on the task and the tools of a pastor, illustrated from Patrick's own long experience of leading a living community of faith. Particularly refreshing is Patrick's conviction that pastoral care of a Christian community is not an end in itself but simply the consequence of the imperative we are under to share our faith with those who are not yet part of that community.
FOR THIS BOOK:
“Combines many biblical insights with sound pastoral reflection coming from over thirty years in pastoral ministry... helpful for clergy and laity alike.” - Peter Price, Bishop of Bath and Wells
FOR PATRICK’S PREVIOUS BOOKS:
“...Becoming Fully Human is a readable, enjoyable yet serious description of human beings before Almighty God..." - Rev George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury
“...Meetings with Jesus illustrates the transforming power and grace of Jesus on the lives of individuals in very different settings..." - Nicky Gumbel
“...Prepare for Exile offers an engaging and readable overview of the history of the Church..." - Rev Dr Alison Morgan
‘Meetings with Jesus’ (2001)
This book contains a series of twenty short studies into the life, work, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s content is appropriate for discussion as an Alpha follow-up or as a stand alone study. Some examples of f the ‘meetings’ eatured are those between Jesus and Simeon, Simon Peter, the man born blind and Pontius Pilate.
‘Becoming... Fully Human’ (2003)
This book addresses the primary issue of the brokenness of humanity - the pain that has arisen due to our separation from God at ‘the Fall’ and our collective departure from his will for humanity. Following the teachings of Paul, Patrick lays out a doctrine of how we might be transformed - becoming fully human - as a result of the restorative power of Jesus and the reconciliation brought by the cross.
‘Qualities of Enduring Love’ (2005)
This book was published in conjunction with the author and his wife Olivia’s Silver Wedding Anniversary. The author edits contributions from other people who comment on aspects of enduring love in marriage. The central issue addressed is universally important, the question ‘how can relationships endure, despite the cultural pressures, and the pressures from within ourselves, that we face?’ is posed, and then answered with a number of themes: fulfilling promises, learning to love, learning to listen, demonstration of affection, inward conflict, and belonging to a community are examples.
‘Becoming... A Spiritual Leader’ (2005)
This book follows on from ‘Becoming... Fully Human’ - it tracks the journey of the disciple and church founder, Peter. In the foreword, Rev Dr Russ Parker describes how ‘Patrick paints a wonderfully alive picture of Peter’s journeying from professed strength to confessed weakness... here is a book which challenges us to be as real and open as a broken Peter.’
‘Becoming... A Citizen Of The Kingdom’ (2006)
This book addresses the fundamental issue of how we read Scripture. Patrick suggests that instead of reading what we want into the teaching of the Bible, we should let the Holy Spirit minister to us as we read, helping us to better understand it’s meaning and application. The nature of God’s Kingdom comes into focus as the author extrapolates notions of power and action, of contemplation as service as demonstrated by Jesus himself.
‘Prepare For Exile’ (2008)
This is a book about the place, role and nature of the Church in the modern world. The subtitles declares ‘A New Spirituality and Mission for the Church’ - Patrick suggests that the Church needs to develop new patterns of mission, spirituality and community to adapt and thrive in a new world. Recognising the need for constant renewal and change required by and expected of the church, Patrick’s thoughts and arguments here are more relevant than ever.
Patrick Whitworth is Rector of All Saints Weston in Bath and current Rural Dean of Bath.
Patrick started his career as a Church of England minister as a curate at St Michael le Belfrey, York. After serving there, he moved to London to serve as curate of Holy Trinity Brompton where he remained for five years.
Following his time at Holy Trinity Brompton, Patrick led an ‘urban priority area parish’ in south east London at Christ Church, Gipsy Hill. This church saw serious growth, which led to a church plant at the Berring Road estate, nearby.
In 1995, Patrick left London to become Rector of All Saints Weston, where he has served since. However, this has not been his only area of work - he chairs the SOMA UK council, has led mission trips abroad (especially to Nigeria and Malawi), and he has written six books.
Patrick’s first book ‘Meetings with Jesus’ was published in 2001, it was followed by ‘Becoming... Fully Human’ (2003), ‘Qualities of Enduring Love’ (2005), ‘Becoming... A Spiritual Leader’ (2005), ‘Becoming... A Citizen Of The Kingdom’ (2006), ‘Prepare For Exile’ (2008).
‘Paul as Pastor’ will be released in October 2012.
Patrick is married to Olivia, with four children.
"Patrick Whitworth is now an experienced author whose wisdom has informed readers on a range of subjects from marriage to leadership to human nature. In this, his latest work, Patrick argues that Paul’s teaching was a direct product of his pastoral ministry to the early Church. We can learn so much from the Apostle Paul as he adopted a number of roles in assisting the early Church - teaching, pastoring and evangelism are examples. This book brings his pastoring into focus."
|Author / Artist||Patrick Whitworth|
|Publisher||Bible Reading Fellowship (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||184|
|Page last updated||16th April 2018|