New pastors face a daunting task and often find little help from others. (What they don’t know is that the veterans are still trying to figure things out!) Matthew Kim has written a helpful, brief volume called 7 Lessons for New Pastors: Your First Year in Ministry (Chalice Press). He discusses the call to ministry, the life of the pastor, relating to the congregation and much more. The book is filled with practical tips from an experienced pastor who is still young enough to remember what it was like as a beginner. This will make a perfect gift for young pastors—even if you have to buy that gift for yourself!

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The first year of a pastorate can be thrilling and terrifying all at the same time. Pastor Matthew D. Kim offers a useful guide for such novice pastors in his book 7 Lessons for New Pastors: Your First Year in Ministry (Chalice Press). Kim offers a load of practical tips dealing with a variety of issues from leadership to loving the congregation. This would be a great gift for new pastors or veteran pastors who are moving to a new congregation and can use the reminders.

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