The Pastor's First Love

And Other Essays on a High and Holy Calling
Donald N. Bastian


Wise and practical essays on the pastor as shepherd,
preacher, worship leader, and professional


Winner of a 2014 Word Guild award
Finalist for the 2014 Grace Irwin award

"This is pastoral theology at its best. Bishop Emeritus Donald N. Bastian unfolds a lifetime of pastoral wisdom in words as fresh and timely as they are seasoned and timeless. In writing that is deeply rooted in scripture and the pastoral tradition of the historic church, Bastian applies his years of experience as pastor and church leader to the perennial needs of the postmodern church in any culture. Highly recommended."

-DOUGLAS R. CULLUM, Vice President and Dean, Professor of Historical and Pastoral Theology, Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, New York

"Rightly recognized for the grace and gifts of pastoral ministry, Donald N. Bastian has provided readers with wisdom, substance, and practical help distilled from decades as a minister of the gospel. Especially helpful for younger pastors, the book will deepen their theology, confirm their vocation, and help them through more than a few difficulties."

-VICTOR A. SHEPHERD, Professor of Theology, Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, Professor Ordinarius, the Graduate Theological Union, University of Oxford, and author of eleven books