A Pastor is a commonly known role both inside and outside the church. These people are generally described by and talked about in what they do. There are many important things that Pastors do, but what is behind the roles that Pastors fulfill? In their book Pastoral Theology, Daniel Akin and R. Scott Pace go deeper and look at who a pastor is, what this leads to in terms of doctrinal formation and then what the pastor practically does. Akin and Pace are correctly adamant that there is a need to understand the theological foundations of a pastor to then set up the what he does from that perspective. In reading this book, understanding the foundation biblically and then doctrinally before getting to the nitty-gritty so to speak of the day to day work that pastors do helps put things into perspective and also helps set up for my pastoral role, whether within my family, friends, or potentially one day in a vocational role.
Rather than just focusing on what pastoral ministry looks like, Akin and Pace show you how theology should define all that a pastor does. They build on the foundation of the Trinity, how to formulate personal doctrine, and then how to practically facilitate things in the church and with family. With a solid focus on the word of God, Akin and Page will help you develop your own theology for deciding who you will be as a pastor and what you do. This isn’t a how-to manual, but rather a why-do-it manual. Akin and Pace want to help you clearly think through your role and how to best live out your calling.