Crossway’s The Pastor’s Book – A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry – Rating 8.8

When I saw this title come across as available for me to do a review, I just had to check it out.  Crossway’s “The Pastor’s Book – A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry” by R. Kent Hughes is an excellent read which would end up being a reference book that could help many of those in the ministry.  Crossway generously sent me a PDF of this book for me to do an honest review.

This is not a quick read – think of it as more of a reference book for ministers or elders that you will come back to many times.  I would give this book a 8.8 out of my normal 10 point rating scale.  On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 4 1/2 star rating.

In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by Crossway to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


“The Pastor’s Book” is not designed to be one of those quick read and forget it.  Rather, this book is the type of book that you find yourself coming back to at different times of your ministry as you face different situations.  At 585 pages (not including the index pages), this book is very full of helpful information for anyone in the ministry.  The author nicely covers many different topics such as conducting services, funerals, weddings, baptisms and many other very useful topics.  This book does cover quite a bit of different liturgies including a very well written section on ministerial duties from counseling to visitations.  I would highly recommend this book for anyone in the ministry.

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for this review from Crossway and all opinions are my own.



Type of Book:  Church Ministry Commentaries & Reference, Academic
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: October 31, 2015
ISBN-13 of Bible Reviewed: 978-1-4335-4587-0 (I reviewed the electronic version though)
Price: At the time of writing this, you can get new from for $31.13 (suggested retail is $45.00 per the publisher)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Cloth Over Board
  • Patent (perfect/square back) bound
  • 592 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 wide  x 9” high
  • Weight: 40.8 ounces

Goal of Book:

The goal of this book seems to be that it is geared toward many of the situations that pastors face in their ministry, but may not be completely prepared for them.  It is very detailed in covering these situations..

My Favorite Part:

The section that covers Ministerial Duties is very nicely done.  From counseling to visitations, the author did a nice job presenting the practical side.  For one example, keeping the right mindset and tone when counseling someone.  Very helpful in an extremely practical manner..


I would highly recommend this book to a pastor/elder – especially a newer one.  This will be a reference book that you will come back to quite often.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Christian Gatherings

1. Sunday Worship
2. Annual Services
3. Weddings
4. Funerals

       Enrichment: Poetry to Enhance Preaching and Worship

Part 2: Parts of the Worship Service

5. Public Prayers
6. The Historic Christian Creeds
7. Hymns and Songs
8. Baptism
9. Communion

Part 3: Ministerial Duties

10. Pastoral Counseling
11. Hospital Visitation
Appendix: Sample Wedding Services from Various Churches

Company Summary:

From the publisher’s website:  The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church. We seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

Please leave a comment or question and I will try to respond a.s.a.p.

– Michael


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