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Ministry Minded
On pastoral care and The Shepherds Crook with Jared Sparks.

On pastoral care and The Shepherds Crook with Jared Sparks.

Ministry Minded, Episode 45.

In this episode of the Ministry Minded podcast, I was privileged to speak to pastor, church planter, and podcaster Jared Sparks to talk about pastoral ministry and ministers in crises.

Jared lives and serves in Carbondale, Illinois, where he pastors Christ Church Carbondale. He and his wife Jordan have two sons, Ransom and Valor. He is the founder of The Shepherd’s Crook, a pastoral care and counseling initiative that’s aimed at coming alongside wearied and troubled pastors and pointing them to Jesus.


Portraits of a Pastor: The 9 Essential Roles of a Church Leader, Jason K. Allen, general editor

The Pastor as Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan

The Christian Ministry: With an Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency, Charles Bridges

The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack Eswine

The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry, Jared C. Wilson

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


This episode is brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible. Find out more by going to


Intro music: “Day 28” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.