A concise compilation of the wisodm gleaned from more than 4 decades of pastoral leadership, Notes to New Pastors is an excellent gift for seminary graduates or newly ordained persons. Notes is also for those pastors who are already serving but need the voice of a trusted coach and mentor to make their ministries all they wish them to be.
“In the last year of my active ministry I undertook a process of reflection on my years in the United Methodist ministry. I engaged in reflecting on how I might have done my ministry differently . . . “
From this starting point, Bishop Ben Chamness collects the wisdom of more than forty years of service in pastoral leadership into fifteen compact chapters on topics as vital today as they were in 1959 when he received his first student appointment to the Mount Hope Circuit in Henderson, Texas.
With the goal of helping young pastors and laity who serve the church today, Bishop Chamness shares notes from his life on these areas and more:
- Developing Dynamic Worship
- Visionary Leadership
- Involving Laity
- Teaching the Bible
- Recruiting Young People for Ministry
- Friendship among Colleagues
- Trusting God
Bishop Ben Chamness, a graduate of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and Drew University, has served The United Methodist Church as a local church pastor, district superintendent, and bishop of the Central Texas Conference. Bishop Chamness and his wife Joye reside in Fort Worth.