The Unwavering Pastor

Leading the Church with Grace in Divisive Times

Help for pastors and elders to bring unity to their churches in divided times and to experience renewal in the trials of ministry.

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Leadership is hard. Pastoring through divisive times is even harder. How do we lead well when criticized? How do we keep loving the church when hurt by her? What does it look like to remain committed to the gospel in cultural division?

Seasoned pastor Jonathan Dodson comes alongside struggling pastors and ministry leaders to guide them into the comfort of Christ. But he doesn’t stop there. Full of wisdom drawn from 2 Timothy, this book will equip you to lead the church with grace, charity, and spiritual power through divisive times.

Great for pastors and ministry leaders who need encouragement and insight, or are wrestling with their calling. Makes a thoughtful gift. Foreword written by Dane Ortlund.

Jonathan Dodson is the founding pastor of City Life Church in Austin, TX (part of the Acts 29 network of churches), founder of Gospel-Centered, and author of numerous books including Gospel-Centered Discipleship and Our Good Crisis: Overcoming Moral Chaos with the Beatitudes of Jesus.

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  • Foreword by Dane Ortlund
  • Introduction
  • 1. Divided Times
  • 2. Questioning Christianity
  • 3. Redeeming Pain
  • 4. Divisive Words
  • 5. Lovers of Self
  • 6. Preach the Word
  • 7. Continue in the Faith
  • 8. Grace to All

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Contributors Jonathan K. Dodson, Dane Ortlund
ISBN 9781784987657
Format Paperback
First published August 2022
Dimensions 5.3" x 8.5" x 0.6"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

Jared C. Wilson

Assistant Professor, Pastoral Ministry, Midwestern Seminary; Author, Gospel-Driven Ministry

Pastors are facing discouragement and burnout at unprecedented rates, and the factors contributing to these challenges are complex. That’s why I’m grateful for Jonathan Dodson’s The Unwavering Pastor. This book brings a biblical wisdom and a surprising candor to helping pastors navigate the journey through the thicket of conflict, division, criticism, and even depression, always holding out the healing comfort of grace for the weary pastor’s soul. This is a really good book.

Michael Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California

As exhausting, and often spiritually depressing, as normal ministry may be, the last few years press us to go to deeper wells. This book is a deeper well—a very refreshing one.

Scotty Smith

Pastor Emeritus, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee; Teacher-in-Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

This is going to be a tremendous help for leaders serving Jesus. I recognize my own story here. Jonathan captured the emotional exhaustion, paralyzing emptiness, and spiritual confusion I felt when I experienced pastoral burnout at 50. Thankfully, Jonathan also gives us gospel balm and grace ballast. This short book is long on wisdom, grace, and timely encouragement.

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