These outstanding lectures were delivered from September 29 - October 3, 1873 at the School of Theology in the Boston University, and were subsequently published at the earnest request of the students and the faculty who heard them delivered. One reason for the value of this work is that the lectures were delivered by a man who had been serving Christ in the Gospel ministry for more than half a century.
"The Christian Pastor by Stephen H. Tyng is very personable and pastoral and sound." - Dr. Tom Nettles
Lecture One -
Introduction to the Series, The Personal Object of the Pastor: (1) to glorify the exalted savior jesus christ; (2) to lead souls of sinful men gratefully to receive, to accept, and to live in him and for him.
Lecture Two -
The Qualifications required for the Christian Pastor:
(1) A real humanity, with all the consciousness and sympathies of man; (2) He must be a converted man; (3) He must be a man called of god; (4) He must be a man of a sympathizing nature and habit; (5) He must be a patient man; (6) He must have refined and gentle manners and habits.
Lecture Three -
The Instruments to be employed for the pastor's work:
(1) The Word of God thoroughly believed; (2) A personal knowledge of the gospel; (3) habitual prayer for and with all to whom the Lord's sends you; (4) A manifest, simple fidelity to Jesus; (5) A contented heart and temper and utterance.
Lecture Four -
The Agencies and Opportunities prepared for the pastor:
(1) Pastoral Visitation; (2) Special Opportunities arising out of personal sickness and domestic affliction; (3) Special acts of God's Providence; (4) Social Religious Meetings; (5) The care and cultivation of the youth of his flock.
Lecture Five -
The elements of Power and Real Attainments of the Pastor:
(1) The elements of Power - (a) the simplicity of the truth of god; (b) your own clear perception and utterance of this truth; (c) your manifest experience and enjoyment of the truth; (d) your habit of personal, inwrought prayer; (e) the cultivation and exercise of sympathizing emotions, and cheerful, happy views of persons and things; (f) the Divine and attending power of the Holy Spirit.
(2) The Attainments that may be permitted to reward faithful labors - (a) we shall enjoy a manifest success in our work; (b) seals of our work in the divine conversion of souls to christ their savior; (c) we may have the great joy of receiving special revivals of the Savior's work under our ministry; (d) in the pursuit of such a pastoral ministry as has been sketched, there will be much happiness as a sure attainment for the faithful servant of the lord Jesus.
About the Author
Stephen H. Tyng (1800-1885 was called to the rectorship of St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, in 1829, then to the Church of the Epiphany in 1838, where he served for twelve years. In 1844 he was invited to St. George's church, New York city, where, entering upon his duties in 1845, he labored for more than thirty years as rector, and was retired as rector emeritus in 1878. He received the degree of D. D. from Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, in 1832, and from Harvard in 1851. He was distinguished for eloquence in the pulpit, and also for able and effective temperance and patriotic addresses. For many years he was a leader among that part of the clergy known as low churchmen, he was active in organizing the Evangelical knowledge society, the American church missionary society, and the Evangelical education society, and was editor for several years of "The Episcopal Recorder" and "The Protestant Churchman." Dr. Tyng held a ready pen, and published numerous volumes of interest and value. Chief among these was his "Lectures on the Law and the Gospel" (Philadelphia, 1832)