Pursuing Pastoral Excellence: Pathways to Fruitful Leadership

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In Pursuing Pastoral Excellence, pastoral counselor and educator Paul Hopkins aims to help pastoral leaders make a lasting and positive difference in the lives of the people and communities they serve. The heart of this book is the stories of seven ordinary pastors whose leadership has become extraordinary. Their stories not only highlight important characteristics and practices that nurture fruitful pastoral leadership, but they invite readers to examine their own stories, to think about the value of longevity in ministry, and to enhance the enduring impact of their own pastoral leadership. Hopkins frames these stories with a discussion of the difficult vocational challenges pastors are facing in a rapidly changing church milieu and a survey of recent leadership studies. He concludes by exploring seven patterns of pastoral leadership that characterize leaders who have an enduring impact, as well as four key elements coming to be recognized as imperative for the cultivation of enduring pastoral fruitfulness.

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Paul E. Hopkins, D.Min., is a counselor and consultant specializing in adult and couple psychotherapy and organizational leadership. He served as President & CEO of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque for 18 years, and currently provides psychotherapy through the Pastoral Counseling Center of Santa Fe. Dr. Hopkins is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a NM licensed clinical mental health counselor. He is past president of the New Mexico Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and serves as Vice-President of the board of First Choice Community Healthcare. Granted a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1983, Hopkins is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who has served his denomination nationally as director of family ministries. He has also served as director of a court-connected counseling agency in Indianapolis and was the founding director of the Samaritan Counseling Center in Amarillo, Texas. Hopkins is author of numerous articles in professional and popular journals. He has published two books, A Different Kind of Husband (Chalice, 1992) and Pursuing Pastoral Excellence (Alban, 2011). Paul has been married for 46 years to LaDonna Janzen Hopkins, a fund-raising consultant working with a variety of nonprofit organizations. They have two adult children: Sean, a development officer for All Faiths Receiving Home in Albuquerque, and Sarah Tolch, a teacher in St. Louis.

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Whether you are one year or thirty years into your ministry, you need to read this book!
Paul Hopkins is an experienced and deeply spiritual mentor. Wise in the ways of congregations, small or large, healthy or dysfunctional, he understands the challenges to contemporary ministry. Here is abundant water for the arid places in your life and work. You will find hope here! (Allan Bjornberg, Bishop, Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

Too often, as a spiritual director and counselor, I come across pastors whose lives become unbalanced because they've let their ministries slide from being passionate for God to feeling trapped and discouraged. They silently suffer, but do so needlessly. Paul Hopkins shows how to bring balance back to pastoral leadership in this wonderful book. By exploring stories of both burned-out and healthy pastors, he shows how we all can lead in ways that make ministry exciting, rather than excruciating. This is a book that every pastor needs to read in order restore balance to their ministry and leadership. (N. Graham Standish, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Zelienople, PA, and author, "Becoming a Blessed Church")

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