Author(s): Glenn C Daman
Pastors face innumerable challenges, not the least of which is discouragement in ministry. This book seeks to come alongside hurting pastors to help them heal and find real joy. When Shepherds Weep offers solace and wisdom by reminding pastors of how suffering is used by God to develop the pastor and the church. It provides a transparent and biblical analysis of pain in the ministry and how to learn from it so as to make ministry richer, deeper, and more rewarding. “In light of the continual exodus of pastors from ministry,” writes Daman, “this book strives to provide pastors with a biblical perspective that will encourage them to remain in ministry by understanding how suffering is part of our calling. While most books focus upon the emotional side of the struggles of ministry, this book strives to look at the issue from a biblical and theological perspective in order to gain a clearer perspective of how God has called us to a live of suffering and how he uses this to further advance his kingdom.”
“Daman has done a wonderful job of allowing those of us in ministry to open up to our feelings of hurt and pain when we are rejected, and he helps us face into the reality of loss when we are wounded and thrown out of a place of ministry! Not only does Daman speak clearly and graciously, he helps us gain biblical perspective by taking us to God’s Word for healing and insight! Good job, Glenn!” —Patrick A. Blewett, Dean, A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary
GLENN C. DAMAN is the author of Leading the Small Church, Shepherding the Small Church, and Developing Leaders for the Small Church. He attended Big Sky Bible College, Western Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Since 1991 he has served as the pastor of River Christian Church in Stevenson, Washington. He has also served as the director of Village Missions’ Center for Leadership Development and has been an adjunct professor for a number of Bible colleges and seminaries in the area of small-church studies and has taught in Russia, the Philippines, Canada, and Mexico.
1. The Weeping Shepherd 2. Pain and Ministry: Understanding the Cost 3. Regaining a Perspective of Suffering: Understanding Its Redemptive Purpose 4. Regaining a Perspective of God: Letting God Be God in All Aspects of Ministry 5. Regaining a Perspective of Ourselves: Recognizing Our Position and Purpose 6. Regaining a Perspective of Others: The Centrality of Love 7. Regaining a Perspective of Ministry: The Delights of Serving God and Others Conclusion: Rediscovering the Joy of Shepherding