One of the best and most comprehensive books ever written on the work of the ministry. The revival of the Church seems to be closely connected with the condition of its ministry. Bridges sub-titled the study of the Christian Ministry, 'An Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency', and, rightly used, it is well suited to promote a faithful and effective ministry.
Bridges begins by considering the general and personal cause of ministerial ineffectiveness, and goes on to examine comprehensively preaching and pastoral work. This book was one of the few which the godly Robert Murray M'Cheyne took with him to the Holy Land, and, in its field, it is without an equal.
Author Information: Charles Bridges (1794-1869) was one of the leaders of the Evangelical party in the Church of England in the last century. He was vicar of Old Newton, Suffolk, from 1823 to 1849, and later of Weymouth and Hinton Martell in Dorset. The Christian Ministry is Bridges' best-known literary work, but his expositions of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Psalm 119 are also highly valued.
"To enlighten the mind and affect the heart are the two main ends of the Christian ministry. The first demands wisdom and plainness, the second fervency, as the spirit of scriptural preaching. This combination exhibits the minister as 'a burning and a shining light' ... imparting the spiritual light of divine truth, as well as the spiritual heat of divine fervour ... 'Nothing,' says Baxter, 'is more indecent than a dead preacher speaking to dead sinners the living truth of the living God.'"
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Recommended by Timothy Witmer of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Witmer's recommendations.
Staff Review: Charles Bridges seeks to determine the causes of the inefficiency of the Christian ministry in this classic treatment of pastoral work. As Bridges notes, the spiritual vitality of the church is closely connected to the condition of the ministry. The author discusses general and personal causes of ministerial inefficiency and then considers aspects of preaching and pastoral work. Bridges" fine work is still useful in the training of men for pastoral ministry in the church.
Jeff Waddington - Westminster Bookstore Staff
Staff Pick: "the Christian Ministry is a classic and a standard for anyone in professional ministry. Bridges presents the ideal for a Christian leader alongside thoughtful findings related to our common failure to meet that ideal. His conclusions and his model of the ministry are wholly relevant to whatever capacity in which you serve. This is a must-own (and an annual re-read) for every pastor, covering everything from personal and family concerns to internal and external church controversies. I know you will enjoy and be edified by this excellent resource."
Jeff Shamess, Westminster Bookstore Staff