New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

The Pastor as Spiritual Guide

Howard Rice • December 1999

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Rediscover the joy of pastoral ministry! In this age of megachurches and declining interest in being part of any organized religion, pastors have an especially challenging task. Often congregations blame their pastors for longstanding problems that existed in the church even before the pastor came.

Pastors suffer from depression and burnout at an astonishing rate, and the pressure to meet the many demands of ministry can be extremely stressful. Their family life suffers, and often they feel beaten down and discouraged.

Grounded in his own real-life experiences in serving churches, Howard Rice extends hope and insight for pastors and urges them to return to the reason for being in ministry—to help people find their way to God. Soul care is the heart of a pastor's work, and the role of spiritual guide is the most important and life-fulfilling task of a pastor. Renew your heart for ministry with this encouraging read.

Categories: Clergy & Laity
The Reverand Howard Rice served as chaplain and professor of ministry at San Francisco Theological Seminary from 1968–1997. He was moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly from 1979–1980. Rice was one of the earliest practitioners of spiritual disciplines and formation and led the renewal of those practices in the church. For 20 years he helped Presbyterians and other Protestants discover spirituality within the Protestant-Reformed tradition. Rice died in 2010 at age 78.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-0846-0

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: December 1999

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.25 in (h) x 0.4359 in (d)

Page Count: 208

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources

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BISAC2: REL108030

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