Portraits of a Pastor: The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader is a collection of essays that deals with the primary roles that fall to ministry leaders. There are two primary questions that drive each of the essays: "Who is the pastor to be?" and "What is the pastor to do?"
In answering these questions, Portraits of a Pastor explores roles and provides insight and practical application into areas such as the pastor as shepherd, husband and father, preacher, theologian, church historian, evangelist, missionary, leader and man of God. (While I wish more had been done to explore women in ministry, this collection is written by Southern Baptists, so in full disclosure, wouldn't include those insights on theological grounds. I think the refusal to ordain women for ministry is built on faulty theological grounds, but that's for another day.)
The book walks a delicate line between high expectations and encouragement and counsel for the work ahead. It's a book every pastor -- regardless of gender -- should pick up and read. There's wisdom here from folks who have decades of experience that hasn't been written under one cover for a long time.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.