More than anything else, the church of Christ needs pastors. A pastor is more than a preacher. He is a shepherd of God’s people, spiritually caring for them, guiding, upholding, and protecting them. After more than half a century of such service Al Martin has completed the first of three projected volumes of pastoral theology. In addition to His own painstaking study of Scripture, penetrating thought, and broad experience, he has drawn from an extensive collection of other works on the subject. The material on these pages has has been presented dozens of times in various settings and on each occasion has been reworked, deepened, and clarified. The result is a proven manual from a proven man for those who are serious about the Christian ministry.