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As a shepherd, you have a church (and community) full of people looking to you for leadership and spiritual guidance. Your days are packed with innumerable opportunities to influence and communicate God’s Truth.

You aren’t alone and this isn’t new. You are part of an ancient tradition of shepherding God’s people … and people have always been messy. With all that goes into the pastorate, why do pastors write books at all?

Here are 17 reasons pastors carve out time and dedicate energy to writing a book…

1. Writing a book can increase the audience your message can reach
2. Your message isn’t “cut-short” or minimized by a preaching clock
3. A book is another way to pastor your church … not everyone is an auditory learner
4. You will leave a legacy beyond your years
5. A writing project can deeply motivate and get you up in the morning
6. Writing will significantly expand your sermon repertoire
7. You join a massive and historic church tradition dating back centuries
8. Writing a book will increase clarity of thought and teach you to zero-in on your point
9. Working on a book will give you daily inspiration to share with your congregation
10. A book has great power to change minds, relationships, lives, and eternal destinations
11. You will learn to study better, research harder, and become more studious
12. Publishing a book will increase your credibility as a pastor and leader
13. You will inspire young pastors both in your community as well as globally
14. Publishing a book is more clear and less expensive than ever
15. Launching a book can unite your church community as they join your call
16. God’s work in your life and community will be preserved well beyond your church name
17. God’s message has never been easy to communicate, but that doesn’t make it any less important

Now you know why pastors write, but do you know how to get started? Equip Press was created to come alongside pastors and church leaders to help with everything from writing ideas to distribution and marketing. Get started today and download the free Self-Publishing Guide.