New Book Offers Insight into the Life of a Minister: “This Side of the Pulpit” by Steve Pinnell

Renowned retired Elder in the United Methodist Church, Steve Pinnell, is set to release his insightful new book, “This Side of the Pulpit.” With nearly five decades of experience serving in various congregations and as a District Superintendent, Pinnell brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience to his exploration of the multifaceted life of a minister.

In this compelling work, Pinnell delves into the often-overlooked aspects of the ministerial journey, offering a candid examination of the challenges and rewards that come with answering the call to serve. Drawing from his personal experiences and conversations with clergy and laity leaders, Pinnell provides invaluable insights into the dynamics of the church community and the intricate relationships between clergy and congregation.

“Understanding ‘It’ in the Ministry” is not merely a critique but a heartfelt offering aimed at aiding both clergy and laity in navigating the complexities of ministry. Pinnell’s dedication to his fourteen congregations over the years is evident as he seeks to illuminate the path for those currently in the ministry, as well as those considering entering it.

Speaking about the book, Pinnell stated, “My aim with this book is to provide a deeper understanding of the ‘It’ within the relationship between clergy and laity. By sharing my observations and experiences, I hope to equip readers with the knowledge and insight they need to strengthen and support the vital work of the church.”

The book is tailored for clergy, those exploring ministry, and laity seeking a better understanding of their ministers’ roles. Additionally, it serves as a valuable resource for church boards and Pastor-Staff Relations committees involved in the selection and support of pastors.

About the Author:

Steve Pinnell is a retired Elder in the United Methodist Church, with nearly fifty years of experience in ministry. Alongside his wife Sandy, Pinnell has served fourteen churches and provided leadership as the District Superintendent of the Mark Twain District of the Missouri Annual Conference. Together, they bring a wealth of firsthand experience and insight into the dynamics of clergy-lay relationships.

“This Side of Pulpit” is scheduled for release on 12th March 2024, and will be available in both print and digital formats.

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