Book Review – Bishop B. E. Underwood’s “A Portrait of the Pastor: A Biblical Description of the Role of the Pastor”

This is a very practicable book for pastors.   Underwood was a former pastor and General Overseer (Bishop) in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.  This was one of the main reasons I chose to read this particular book.  It was refreshing to hear the view of one who has traveled the path I am now upon and to glean form his experience.  Underwood’s book is divided into twelve chapters with each chapter focusing on a particular role of the pastor (Leader, Bishop, Student, Prophet, Hero, Father, Evangelist, Equipper, Provider, Healer, Person, and Shepherd).  This was very helpful because as a pastor I have discovered there are many hats that must be worn.  Often times the hats are interchangeable and sometimes the hats must be worn by themselves.  It is difficult to place the roles in any particular order.  What surfaced during my reading is all the roles are important and if one is missing then it would take away from the pastor’s productivity.  This is a great little book for pastors, especially those serving within the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.  It would have been nice if Underwood would have discussed the importance of marriage and the role of a covenant partner.  He did discuss this some under different roles but this is a huge subject which a whole book could be written.  This is the only negative thought I have regarding Underwood’s book.  Great servant of the Lord, may he rest in peace and enjoy his eternal reward with the Lord.

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