Dr. Picirilli present an exegetical approach to the New Testament passages that include practical exposition of the implicaitons of the biblical text. Such a study is beneficial to any pastor, whether a veteran or a new candidate for pastoral ministry. The work is informing and challenging, helping to point the pastor's understanding in the right direction. The author presents a thematic approach, a succession of chapters on various aspects of the pastor's call, qualifications, and role. The discussion is entirely grounded in exegesis of several passages. This book does not attempt to tell the minister how to preach, how to go about his work, or how to treat the practical problems faced by pastors. On the contrary, this work focuses on an understanding of what the Bible has to say to the pastor and his ministry. This is an excellent resource for pastors, church leaders, and seminary students.