What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary
25 Lessons for Successful Ministry in Your Church

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You learn a lot of important things in seminary. But what you can't learn in a classroom is what ministry is actually like on a day-to-day basis. There are no classes called Taking a Day Off, Maintaining Sexual Fences, or Emotional Survival 101. In this immensely practical book, veteran pastor James Emery White provides the kind of mentoring pastors desperately need. His insights will help you transform your relationships with staff and church members, develop healthy boundaries, deliver hard truths, avoid spiritually hazardous situations, use your time effectively, and much more.

About the Author:
James Emery White (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church, a suburban megachurch in Charlotte, North Carolina, often cited as one of the fastest-growing church starts in the United States (www.aomin.org). Former president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, White is the author of several books, including The Rise of the Nones, Rethinking the Church, What They Didn't Teach You in Seminary, and The Church in an Age of Crisis. He lives in North Carolina.


James Emery White offers an insightful, no-nonsense look into the real trenches of ministry life. I appreciate Dr. White's authenticity and candor in sharing his life's experiences. The practical applications of this book make it a must-read; not simply for those beginning their journey, making that difficult transition between the walls of the seminary and the walls of the Church, but for those of us who have been in the game for some time.
Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, Washington, D.C.
Wow. What started as a brief skim to give an informed endorsement turned into a mesmerizing read. If you want a book to tell you what ministry is really like then this is your best shot. While reading I regularly found myself saying, 'I guess I'm not the only one.' Or, 'It is about time someone said that.' Or, 'What I wouldn't have given to know that before Crossroads started.' This book is true. Read it and treasure it.
Brian Tome, founding and senior pastor of Crossroads Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
You can learn a lot about ministry by attending church, and even more by going to seminary, but there are some things you can only learn by leading a congregation day after day, week after week. James Emery White gives us all a back-stage pass to accompany him in his pastoral ministry. It's a real education.
Marshall Shelley, editor, Leadership Journal; vice-president, Christianity Today International