Golf mirrors many aspects of life and Christian ministry. For pastors, the game provides a paradigm for personal and ministerial achievement, as well as the need for on-going improvement. What golfer ever perfects the drive, chip or putt? In the same way, competencies of pastors can improve over the course of life, always striving for the elusive goal of perfection, one stroke at a time. The serious golfer constantly seeks tips from media, friends, and professionals to sharpen his game. In the same way, serious pastors seek pointers on how to improve from books, conferences, colleagues and professionals. The Pastor’s Caddie aims to serve pastors in three ways. First, for pastors seeking continued growth as a person and a leader, the Pastor’s Caddie will highlight some concepts and practices to apply. Taking time to work through the information and exercises will help pastors gain a greater awareness of themselves, their context and something of their potential. Ultimately, this may lead some pastors to connect with their own “caddies” for the journey. This book also serves as a resource for those who invest in fellow laborers. Judicatory ministers and experienced church leaders are positioned to enrich the life and ministry of other pastors. Finally, this book aims to resource ministers’ learning communities. In a day of global connection, there is no excuse for a minister to live without ongoing connection with others who share similar challenges and dreams. When pastors support and accompany fellow pastors through difficult chapters of life, this connection diffuses stress and encourages personal growth. These communities are far more than a peer support group, taking one another’s ideas and experiences to integrate and enrich both life and ministry.
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Hal Bilbo is the lead missionary for Stanly and Montgomery Baptist Associations, a caddie for pastors and a coach for congregations. He has served two churches as pastor and was a missionary to Brazil, training pastors in Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and Campinas. Dr. Bilbo is a graduate of Mercer University (BBA) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and DMin). He is the author of Keeping the Devil OUT of the Details and Renewing the Small, Rural Church.
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