Author: Daniel L. Akin and R. Scott Pace
Publisher: B&H Academic of Nashville, TN
Pastoral Theology is a book that seeks to build a theological framework for pastoral ministry that is “biblically derived, historically informed, doctrinally sound, missionary engaged, and contextually relevant.” The book is divided into three sections: Trinitarian Foundation, Doctrinal Formulation, and Practical Facilitation which have three chapters in each section. There is a section at the end that shows where different Bible references were used throughout the book.
The work of pastoral ministry is one that is not for the faint of heart. There are so many expectations and demands on the one who chooses to follow the Lord’s calling and serve the local church. Akin and Pace have put together a great work that will help any aspiring pastor to understand what God has called him to and have a solid theological foundation as he serves the Lord.
While Pastoral Theology may be seen by many as a textbook of sorts, the authors have done a fantastic job in writing in a way that it does not seem academic. The authors use a practical approach to help equip pastors to see that the work that they have been called to is one that must be rooted in a solid theology. I love how the book is soaked with Bible references and not just popular thoughts of what a pastor should be doing today.
I would agree with many of the persons that are noted at the beginning of the book giving small reviews that Pastoral Theology is a book that every person aspiring to do the work of a pastor should have not only on their bookshelf but in close reach to help and remind what they are to do and why they should be doing it.