Ministry in these times can be perplexing, frustrating, exhausting, isolating. But it can also be rich with inspiration, revelation, satisfaction and joy. The difference is often in the pastor's perspective. Seasoned pastor and church leader Patricia Farris helps other pastors to re-frame their point of view in a most healthy way. Five Faces of Ministry explores the roles each clergy-person must play. The book is organized into brief reflections, each focused on an aspect of ministry. The reflections are rooted in scripture and include an inspired assortment of other references, from literature to hymn texts. The author includes stories from her own life and ministry and from others', making this a tremendously versatile and engaging read. Five Faces is a helpful and enriching book for any pastor, providing guidance, encouragement, compassion and strength for the journey.
Patricia Farris is Senior Minister at Santa Monica First UMC in Santa Monica, California. Her congregation was one of 300 identified as Excellent Protestant Congregations (Westminster). She has written for Circuit Rider , Quarterly Review , and has contributed Living by the Word columns to Christian Century . She lives in Santa Monica, California.