The Pastor: His Call, Character, and Work

The Pastor: His Call, Character, and Work




272  pages, Banner of Truth , ISBN: '9781848717749

12.42 x 2.34 x 19 cm , 1 volume(s), 991

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Publisher's note.

Preaching & Methodology 

Written by faculty and friends of Old Princeton, with an introduction by Sinclair B. Ferguson.

The authors included in this small clothbound collection:

William S. Plumer (1802-80)
J. W. Alexander (1804-59)
Archibald Alexander (1771-1851)
Charles Hodge (1797-78)
Samuel Miller (1769-1850)
Ashbel Green (1762-1848)
Nicholas Murray (1802-61)

The authors of The Pastor: His Call, Character, and Work were all men closely associated, either as students, professors, or in one case a director, with Princeton Theological Seminary, which was established in 1812 by the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America. It was founded as a ‘nursery of vital piety as well as of sound theological learning…to train up persons for the ministry who shall be lovers as well as defenders of the truth as it is in Jesus, friends of revivals of religion, and a blessing to the church of God.’

A sample of the Princeton view of the ministry is contained in this little volume. Taken together its chapters form a small instruction manual on the key elements in the work of a minister of the gospel in any age and place.

These pages combine theological acumen, a high sense of purpose, a vision of the privileges of serving Christ, and a recalibration of our whole vision for ministry.

The chapters in this book have been selected from the two-volume Princeton and the Work of the Christian Ministry, also published by the Banner of Truth.


Introduction by Sinclair B. Ferguson vii
1. The Scripture Doctrine of a Call to the Ministry — William S. Plumer 1
2. The Lord Jesus Christ the Example of the Minister — J. W. Alexander 31
3. On the Importance of Aiming at Eminent Piety — Archibald Alexander 49
4. The Character Traits of a Gospel Minister — Charles Hodge 67
5. The Pastoral Office — Archibald Alexander 89
6. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth — Archibald Alexander 119
7. Holding Fast the Faithful Word — Samuel Miller 135
8. Christ Crucified the Characteristic of Apostolic Preaching — Ashbel Green 179
9. The Ministry We Need — Nicholas Murray 211
Biographical Sketches of the Authors 235