Ordering Your Private World

by Gordon MacDonald     |     Book Summary


Author: Gordon MacDonald
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: September 5, 2017
Pages: 246

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


Many leaders, and especially pastors, lead hurried and harried lives. Pastors often fill the role of CEO, counselor, public speaker, author, administrator, and even custodian. The demands on a pastor’s time seem never-ending. If pastors and leaders are not careful, this demanding lifestyle can lead to burnout and even moral failure. 

However, this does not have to be the case. There is a way to live and to minister that preserves the most important priorities in the life of the pastor while also effectively meeting the needs associated with his job. This involves ordering one’s inward life — his soul. The pastor must relentlessly pursue an ordered soul to ward off the potential pitfalls that result from a disordered life. 

This kind of ordering requires tough questions to be asked of oneself. The pastor must focus more on being called than on being driven. The pastor must protect his priorities to his own personal relationship with the Lord and to his own family. The mantle of leadership weighs heavily on those who are called to carry it, but a strengthened and ordered soul points the leader back to his dependence on his Savior, Jesus, and enables the pastor to live out his calling effectively and safely.



Ordering Your Private World

by Gordon MacDonald

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

Author Gordon MacDonald
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Date September 5, 2017
Pages 246


Overview:

Many leaders, and especially pastors, lead hurried and harried lives. Pastors often fill the role of CEO, counselor, public speaker, author, administrator, and even custodian. The demands on a pastor’s time seem never-ending. If pastors and leaders are not careful, this demanding lifestyle can lead to burnout and even moral failure. 

However, this does not have to be the case. There is a way to live and to minister that preserves the most important priorities in the life of the pastor while also effectively meeting the needs associated with his job. This involves ordering one’s inward life — his soul. The pastor must relentlessly pursue an ordered soul to ward off the potential pitfalls that result from a disordered life. 

This kind of ordering requires tough questions to be asked of oneself. The pastor must focus more on being called than on being driven. The pastor must protect his priorities to his own personal relationship with the Lord and to his own family. The mantle of leadership weighs heavily on those who are called to carry it, but a strengthened and ordered soul points the leader back to his dependence on his Savior, Jesus, and enables the pastor to live out his calling effectively and safely.