A Methodist Minister Tells the Truth: A Memoir–From Rookie to Retiree

December 7, 2019 - Comment

The purpose of this book is to give a thumbnail sketch of some of the issues clergy face and to introduce some basic theology. My disclaimer is that the book is not a theology book; rather, it is about life and stories. The stories are all true. Another purpose of the book is to point

The purpose of this book is to give a thumbnail sketch of some of the issues clergy face and to introduce some basic theology. My disclaimer is that the book is not a theology book; rather, it is about life and stories. The stories are all true. Another purpose of the book is to point out that pastoral ministry is not for the faint of heart. While rewarding, pastoring is a difficult task and is hard work. Pastoring is a team sport. The book is a reflection of a journey and the lessons learned along the way. Additionally, the book serves as a heartfelt thank you for those who offered me grace and forgiveness as I learned about my own humanity. Lastly, it makes it clear that if the good Lord can use someone as flawed as this author, there is hope for the church and her future.All the stories are real, as crazy as some sound. The churches are categorized by their size and nature. Additionally, I identified critical issues in each church, lessons I learned, and theological truths that relate to that church. Most of the churches I served had a poor understanding of mission, outreach, evangelism, discipleship, or worship. Some of the churches did one or more of those critical components well and ignored others. It is my goal that this book is both entertaining and instructional. The book begins with the author’s life story.

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Anonymous says:

Tell the Truth Dr. John Check does tell the truth. What an amazing man with an amazing career

Anonymous says:

a great read…could not put it down entertaining and informative… I laughed and cried as I read this book

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