For those who read this blog and do not attend my church, I'd really recommend picking up a copy of The Trellis and the Vine for your pastor.
Mark Dever, who has done a pretty good bit of thinking on the nature and call of the Church, has said this of the book:
What Col and Tony have described here is exactly what I've been trying to do in my own life and in our congregation for years. According to this book, Christians are to be disciple-making disciples and pastors are to be trainers. Superb! This book sets out a crucial shift that is needed in the mindset of many pastors. The authors have carefully listened to the Bible. And they've worked on this book. The result is a book that is well-written and well- illustrated, but even more, a book that is full of biblical wisdom and practical advice. This is the best book I've read on the nature of church ministry.
Like I said, I'm not Mark Dever; so saying that this is the best book on the nature of church ministry that I've read isn't saying that much. But take it from Dever and pick up a copy of The Trellis and the Vine. Read it yourself, and then give it to your pastor.
Because it's published overseas, the price is a bit more than you'd expect for a book of only 200 pages. But after reading it twice, I think it's worth every penny.