#FridayReads: “Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence” By Bryan Stone & Claire E. Wolfteich 

Bryan Stone, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston University School of Theology, comes from a background in urban social ministry and faith- based non- profit. Claire E. Wolfteich is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Spiritual Formation and Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology and helped co-write the book Sabbath in the City: Sustaining Urban Pastoral Excellence.

Compiling their research based on urban pastors from across the United States, Stone and Wolfteich identify and examine spiritual practices that create excellence in urban ministry. In this book, they discuss challenges that urban pastors face while putting up with the pressure of trying to reach excellence. Stone and Wolfteich dive into several practices that help sustain ministers working in urban contexts. Some of these include, cultivating holy friendships, practicing Sabbath, maintaining lives of prayer and study, and setting appropriate boundaries. If you are a pastor in the urban context this is a must read for you.

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