“Working the Angles”

A good friend of mine recently started reading Eugene Peterson’s, Working the Angles. He couldn’t recommend highly enough. So much so that he thought it ought to be required reading for all elders/deacons/overseers (whatever your Church’s  leadership is called)

I found my copy this morning and re-read the introduction. 

I agree with my friend’s recommendation.

Here’s a couple of quotes to stoke the fire a little:

“The pastors [elders, etc…] of America have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches. They are preoccupied with shopkeepers concerns- how to keep the customers happy, how to lure customers away from competitors down the street, how to package goods so that the customers will lay out more money.”

Then this;

“Three pastoral acts are so basic, so critical, that they determine the shape of everything else. The acts are praying, reading scripture, and spiritual direction…. They do not call attention to themselves and so are often not attended to…. None of these acts is public, which means that no one knows for sure whether or not we are doing any of them.”

And this;

“It doesn’t take many years in this business to realize that we can conduct a fairly respectable pastoral ministry without giving much more than ceremonial attention to God.”

Strong stuff, I need to hear it.

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One Response to ““Working the Angles””

  1. wdennisgriffith Says:

    This is a great book. I have recommended it to those who are pastors, but really gave little thought about it being read by other church leaders. It makes sense though – pastors don’t lead alone.

    I’d be interested in learning how the “non-professionals” have been shaped by Peterson’s angles. So, please, any of you who are not pastors share your thoughts. It would be a great help.

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