The Care of Souls

Cultivating a Pastor’s Heart

by Harold L. Senkbeil

Pastors care for a soul in the way a doctor cares for a body. In a time when many churches have lost sight of the real purpose of the church, The Care of Souls invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care. Drawing on a lifetime of pastoral experience, The Care of Souls is a beautifully written treasury of proven wisdom which pastors will find themselves turning to again and again.

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2020 ECPA Christian Book Award

2020 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner for Ministry Resources

“A reminder to pastors of the essential calling of the ministry.”

2020 Christianity Today Book Award

2020 Christianity Today Book Award Winner for Church/Pastoral Leadership

“This book renewed my joy in being a pastor.”

2019 TGC Book Award

2019 TGC Ministry Book of the Year Winner

“This will be a must-read for young pastors for years to come.”


“I wish I would have read it years ago—and on a yearly basis ever since!”

Todd Wilson

President of the Center for Pastor Theologians

“Pastoral theology at its best. ... Every pastor should read this book.”

Timothy George

Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“One of the best books I’ve ever read on the craft of pastoring.”

Tim Challies

Author, blogger, pastor

“An enormously helpful work.”

Michael A. G. Haykin

Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“An instant classic.”

Matthew C. Harrison

President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod