Pastor Michael Tucker Shares a Lighthearted Yet Insightful Account of the Challenges That People in the Ministry Face in “What I Didn’t Learn in Seminary”

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New Book Offers a Glimpse into the Struggles and Triumphs of a Pastor

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As a pastor for more than 45 years, Michael Tucker has discovered that Christian work and ministry is not something that you simply learn from a textbook nor is its practice limited within the four walls of the church. In his new book, “What I Didn't Learn in Seminary”, he shares a glimpse into the life and joy of pastoring and takes readers into the battlefields of ministry where adherents are confronted not by the rigors of Christian studies but by real-world dilemmas.

“What I Didn't Learn in Seminary” is grounded upon Tucker’s over four decades of pastoring, including the struggles and triumphs he encountered along the journey. As the title suggests, the book recognizes topics and problems not usually present in Christian education courses. From everyday stress to difficult people, Tucker gives a lighthearted yet insightful account of the different challenges that pastors can expect once they step out of the seminary and into the real world. His main purpose for writing is to inspire and encourage those who are in a position of leadership in their church and to share insights to those who might be considering a similar choice of vocation. He says,

“The real job of a pastor is very different from what one learns about being a pastor in seminary. The book does not trash any seminary, the two from which I graduated or any other school. No school can teach future Christian workers all they need to know about ministry. But these pages are filled with examples of what I didn’t learn in seminary.”

Witty, compelling and uplifting, “What I Didn't Learn in Seminary” demonstrates that, like other professions, being in the ministry comes with its own set of problems and risks. Ultimately, Tucker’s work is a celebration of the honor and sense of fulfillment derived from helping others in their walk of faith.

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About the Author
Michael Tucker is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Denver Seminary. He has served as a pastor in churches in Colorado and Arizona. His current pastorate is Faith Community Church in Chandler, Arizona. He also ministers through his church consulting and counseling firm, 21st Century Ministries. He is the author of “The Church That Dared to Change”, “Live Confidently” and “The Church: Change or Decay”. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children and five grandchildren.

What I Didn't Learn in Seminary * by Michael Tucker
Publication Date: September 19, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 52 pages; 978-1-4797-0930-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-0931-1

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