Ministry Proverbs

Lessons Learned for Leading Congregations

N. Graham Standish

Aug/2016, 168 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232823



• Well-known pastor/writer with growing church, spiritually open theology of presence
• Accessible, short chapters provide spiritual, balanced understanding of church leadership
• Applicable across denominations and demographics
• Great gift for your favorite pastor

Biblical and cultural proverbs have been cherished throughout the ages. One reason for their enduring influence is that they reveal deeper wisdom through easy-to-grasp phrases. They form our lives by offering wisdom we can hold onto and use in life's most complex situations. In the increasingly complex world of modern ministry, it has become harder for pastors and church leaders to act wisely when the models for ministry keep changing.

Ministry Proverbs is a collection of 60 proverbs that the Rev. Dr. Graham Standish has developed over the years to guide his own ministry. These are proverbs such as "We are only responsible for our efforts. God is responsible for the results. So be responsible for your part, and let God be responsible for God's part. Wisdom comes in learning to tell the difference." Each proverb is followed by 4-6 paragraphs of reflection that take the reader deeper into the ramifications and applications of the proverb. The reflections are intended to help readers to apply the proverbs in their own ministries, and to remember them so that when they face a difficult or uncertain situation, they can tap into the wisdom.

Audience: Mainline pastors, congregational leaders, churches.

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N. Graham Standish has been pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania (, since January of 1996. He is the author of six books including Becoming a Blessed Church (Alban 2005). Before becoming a pastor, he was a therapist. He has a PhD from Duquesne University in Spiritual Formation. Calvin Presbyterian Church was one of the congregations featured in Diana Butler Bass's Christianity for the Rest of Us; a member of the congregation actually gave the book its name when talking about the kind of Christianity they practice there.

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