Praying for Ministers grows from Joe Kutter's work as the Executive Director of the ABC Ministers Council, an association of pastors connected to the American Baptist Churches. He began posting these tender and honest prayers on the Facebook page for this association and was surprised to find out how much they were appreciated and anticipated. Now these prayers are made available for a broader audience-giving words for those moments when a minister or a ministering person might not have them.
A pastor to pastors, Rev. Dr. Joe Kutter provides the tender words of care that speak to every situation of a pastor's life. As pastors, we are always asked to pray for the concerns of others, but who prays for us? Joe does. He is intimately acquainted with the joys and sorrows of pastoral ministry. And his words are like a soothing balm, a lifeline in the midst of isolation, and an encouraging pat on the back from someone who truly understands. This book is a gift to us, just as Joe is.
Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson
Executive Director Ministers Council, American Baptist Churches, USA.
Dr. Joe Kutter is a pastor. Before becoming the Executive Director of the American Baptist Ministers Council, he was a pastor for thirty-nine years in five congregations. They were small and large in settings that included a small city, a densely populated urban environment, and suburban neighborhoods. He has been both solo pastor and leader of a staff of skilled pastoral colleagues. As a long-time pastor, Joe experienced the intense joy of ministry and the inevitable struggles of pastoral ministry. As the Executive Director of the American Baptist Ministers Council, he worked with many women and men in ministry. Drawing his and their experiences, he shaped these prayers for those who accepted God's call to ministry. Joe and Peggy have been married for 43 years. They have four grown children and 7 grandchildren.
Praying for Ministers by Rev Joe Kutter was published by Dog Ear Publishing in November 2012. The ISBN for Praying for Ministers is 9781457514821.