Pastor & Deacons: Servants Working Together

by Carl Herbster, Kenneth Howerton

Genres: Bible Study & Devotionals, Christian Living, Ministry

ISBN: 9781935507321

240 pages

Price: $12.99

How should a church be organized? What functions do the pastors, deacons, and congregation serve? Who qualifies for the offices of pastor and deacon? How should a church manage its finances? How does a congregation biblically address problems? The authors answer these important questions and many more. As fellow servants in the same church, the authors have collaborated in the writing of this book. Pastor & Deacons is a practical exposition and application of biblical principles of church organization and leadership. The ‘on-the-job,’ real-life experiences of the authors make this a particularly practical book.

Endorsements for Pastor & Deacons:

I commend Dr. Carl Herbster and Mr. Ken Howerton for providing this excellent ministry resource for pastors and deacons. Thoughtfully, thoroughly, and biblically written, Pastor & Deacons provides highly valuable insight to the men leading today’s local churches.

David C. Gibbs III

Christian Law Association

This is a must-read for pastors, pastoral staffs, deacons, and other church leadership. It biblically presents the qualifications and responsibilities of both offices and practically shows how to function together within the church for the glory of God and the edification of the body. I saw these principles practiced effectively while I served as associate pastor of Tri-City for over 30 years. I use this book regularly in training conferences for pastors and church leaders.

Matt Williams

Vice President for Ministry Affairs,

Northland International University

Pastor & Deacons is a must-read for all those in church leadership. I have seen the scriptural principles exemplified in the lives of my pastor, Dr. Carl Herbster and my friend, Ken Howerton. This book is biblical, practical and helpful. It is chock-full of “how to” ideas that will strengthen relationships and promote spiritual unity in the local church. The principles on church discipline and the chapter on “Dealing with Difficulties” are worth the price of the book. Pastor, get this book and you will refer to it often.

Dr. Tom Farrell


Dr. Herbster and Mr. Howerton’s book offers insights and practical suggestions for every pastor and deacon who longs to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. The biblical philosophy presented in this book reminds us of the important pastor/deacon relationship. I am confident this material will be a great help to local churches everywhere.

Paul Chappell

Pastor, Lancaster Baptist Church

I have found Pastor & Deacons a wonderful tool to teach the practical aspects and proper relationships of the two church offices we Baptists hold so highly. As Pastor Herbster and Mr. Howerton become transparent with their writing, it becomes obvious that their objective is to share from their hearts what God has allowed them to experience through the years. It is leadership books like this that I find most helpful in my ministry. Any good pastor, deacon, or ministerial student will benefit greatly as he draws from this well of practical wisdom!

Dr. Rick Arrowood

Senior Pastor, Crosspointe Baptist Church

Indianapolis, Indiana


Carl Herbster has served for over 20 years as pastor of Tri-City Baptist Church in Independence, Missouri. The church has started several other churches, operates a Christian school, and a Christian camp (Southland Christian Camp), and is heavily committed to foreign missions.

Ken Howerton is a certified program manager with IBM. He has served as chairman of deacons in two churches. His wisdom and stability and his commitment to the Lord's work, have made him a gracious servant and wise counselor.