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The Neglected Qualification

(6 reviews)

Douglas Wilson


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Book details

Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.

AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson

PAGE COUNT: 74 pages

SIZE: 5x8"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1944503307

ISBN-13: 9781944503307

PUB. DATE: April 5, 2016

Media: Paperback

Doug takes on the unpopular question of PKs (pastors' kids) and pastoral qualifications.

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What People Are Saying:

Wilson makes that old-time religion contemporary not by dumbing it down for the huddled masses, but through his trademark winsome snark. God's people are better for it. His enemies -- not so much." -Steve Deace, nationally syndicated radio host

"More like a lumberjack than a pastor, even when he wears a suit." -The New York Times

"Doug Wilson jumped the shark a long time ago." -Jonathan Merritt

"So just who is this twisted 'Doug Wilson' creature, anyway?" -The Slacktivist

"I much prefer Wilson's sincerity to the vague and Python-esque witterings of the interfaith and ecumenical groups who barely respect their own traditions. He is willing to maintain very staunchly that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and that his sacrifice redeems our state of sin." -Christopher Hitchens

"When friends ask me where I go for wise cultural analysis, the first name that always comes to mind is Doug Wilson. For years, I've found Doug's commentary on culture, politics, economics, and family to be profoundly insightful and biblically faithful. In Rules for Reformers, Doug has packaged his wise and witty cultural commentary with shrewd and gracious application of the Scriptures. In doing so, he's given those of us who love the gospel a manifest for grace-driven cultural reformation." -Joe Rigney, author of The Things of Earth and Live Like a Narnian and professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary


Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
David U.
Important issue

Often overlooked or excused area. Thoughtfully handled.

Quentin J.
Very Helpful

I found this book to be tremendously helpful. This book tackles what is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of a pastors life, and also of those who advise and counsel him. Doug deals with the issues with clarity and compassion.

Jordan B.

This booklet helped me to cast my vote in good conscience for elders in my church. I'm grateful for the nuancing and giving real life examples of what sorts of behavioral problems could cause an elder to be disqualified, always with the emphasis of the elder needing to shepherd his family and seek out the lost sheep as our loving Savior does--in contrast to a punitive dismissal. I would absolutely recommend this booklet to others wanting wisdom on the topic.


Fantastic book on the often neglected qualification for elders: that of managing their household well. Doug is gracious and wise in his tackling of this subject, and I highly recommend this read.

Jedidiah L.

Purchased for our church elders to use for a study book. They were pleased.

Clark S.
The Neglected Qualification

I appreciate Doug's straightforward approach to saying what the Bible says, but how he also looks at real life situations and walks through applying Biblical qualifications in the church. A great read on a very 'neglected' topic!

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