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5 Life-Changing Bibles from 5 Beloved Pastors

Nobody Gets a Pastor Like a Pastor!

October is Pastor Appreciation Month and what better way to show your pastor some love than by bringing in a fellow laborer—a colleague, a veteran, a friend—who can walk with them through incisive Bible study. These Bibles, shepherded by some of the country’s most trusted pastors, offer unique perspectives into the precious Word of God.

1. The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible, Second Edition (KJV)

The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible is designed to lead believers into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and to help them experience the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love. It’s designed around 30 “Life Principles” Dr. Stanley has gleaned from Scripture during his teaching and pastoral ministry. A wonderful Bible that will encourage and strengthen your pastor in their personal time in God’s Word.

  • 2,500 “Life Lesson” verse notes
  • Over 43,000 cross-references for in-depth Scripture study
  • “Answers to Life’s Questions” and “What the Bible Says About . . .” articles
  • “Life Examples” from the lives of biblical personalities

Meet Charles Stanley:
“Watch this . . . .” Whenever you hear Dr. Charles Stanley deliver this two-word caution, he’s about to show you yet another gem in God’s Word that warrants your special attention. This beloved pastor has been similarly drawing people into the depths of Scripture for more than six decades of ministry, most notably during his long tenure as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Atlanta, but also as the best-selling author of numerous books.


2. The MacArthur Study Bible, Second Edition (NKJV)

Over 2 million readers around the world have been enriched and their understanding of God’s Word expanded through The MacArthur Study Bible. With a singular goal of making God known through His Word, this Bible helps readers grasp the sweep of history from creation to consummation. Beautiful and uncompromising, this translation is one your pastor will turn to time and again for serious study, devotional use, and reading aloud.

  • 25,000 verse-by-verse study notes
  • Index to key Bible doctrines
  • Outline of systematic theology
  • 190 in-text maps, charts, and diagrams

Meet John MacArthur:
In more than five decades of ministry in the pulpit at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, Dr. John MacArthur has always emphasized the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. He has also written hundreds of study guides and books, including The MacArthur New Testament Commentary.


3. The Maxwell Leadership Bible (NKJV)

Every pastor is a person of influence. But how can he or she best use that awesome responsibility to glorify God? The Maxwell Leadership Bible will equip and encourage pastors to meet 21st-century challenges with timeless principles of dynamic leadership gleaned from God’s own Word. Here are time-tested and irrefutable biblical lessons gleaned from decades of study to strengthen and enlighten your pastor and draw out the godly leader within.

  • Over 100 biographical profiles
  • Hundreds of expressive read-as-you-go notes on mentoring and influence
  • Insightful articles showing positive and negative leadership examples
  • Bible book introductions on God’s role in the lives of influential biblical men and women

Meet John Maxwell:
“If you want to learn leadership, go to the greatest book on leadership ever written—the Bible.” And with that directive, internationally recognized leadership expert and pastor John C. Maxwell has trained over five million leaders to reach their potential in Christ. Having sold over 19 million leadership books (including three titles that are million-copy-sellers alone), Dr. Maxwell is well-equipped to help your pastor become a transformational leader—someone who helps people change their lives from the inside out.


4. The Wiersbe Study Bible

Culled over a lifetime of Warren Wiersbe’s powerful and inspired teaching and preaching, The Wiersbe Study Bible offers trustworthy, accessible explanations of the Bible’s truths and promises through a comprehensive system of study and application notes. Using this Bible, your pastor will, in essence, “pull up a chair” beside this spiritual giant and learn to appreciate the Word, appropriate the Word, and apply the Word.

  • “Be Transformed” in each Bible book points to the life-changing impact of that particular part of Scripture
  • 7,800-plus verse-by-verse study notes
  • Index of preaching outlines for teaching or group discussion
  • Thousands of cross-references connect the Bible from one end to the other

Meet Warren Wiersbe:
Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe was an internationally known Bible teacher and the former pastor of three churches including the historic Moody Church in Chicago. The beloved author of more than 170 books, he is well-known for his BE Series of expositional Bible studies—a staple in many pastors’ libraries.


5. The Vines Expository Bible (NKJV)

As your pastor travels with Jerry Vines on a journey through the Bible, he or she will gain understanding and observations straight from this seasoned pastor’s heart. Based on sermons from his lifetime of ministry, The Vines Expository Bible provides a distinctive, passage-by-passage guide through every book of Scripture and shows how God’s revelation applies to our lives today.

  • 250 detailed outlines from Pastor Vines’ own sermon archives
  • 237 notes to help you see Scripture’s relevance in your life
  • 311 studies illuminating key words
  • 148 articles for living the Christian life

Meet Jerry Vines:
The long-time pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida, one of America’s largest churches, Jerry Vines now “pastors pastors” through Jerry Vines Ministries—an outreach to further educate men and women in different areas of the ministry. He is also a prolific author.


You can find all of these Bibles, along with other great gifts to show your pastor how much you appreciate the hard work they do, by clicking here!

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7 Verses and 7 Prayers for Your Pastor

October’s Pastor Appreciation emphasis in many churches is a good reminder to pray for our servant-leaders during the month, of course. But these godly men and women stand in need of prayer every single day. Use these prayers as a starting point in your prayer time this month but let them also help you develop a lifelong pattern of lifting your pastor to the Lord.

Pray Blessings and Gratitude over Your Pastor

Numbers 6:24-26—“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

Dear Lord,

Thank you for sending our pastor to shepherd the church. I’m grateful for the love you put in the pastor’s heart for You and Your people. I appreciate the unique set of gifts and talents that enrich the pastor’s ministry and bless our church. Would You, in turn, bless the pastor today? Help the pastor to sense Your presence in such a sweet way. Fill the pastor up, Lord and use the pastor for Your glory today. And show me how I can support and encourage. Thanking You for this good leader, I pray this in Jesus’ name.

Pray for the Courage and Strength of Your Pastor

Joshua 1:9—“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Dear Lord,

My pastor’s on the front line; an easy target for the enemy and his minions. My pastor’s preaching the Word faithfully from the platform each week as a community leader, and a completely sold out servant to You. Dear Holy Spirit, empower the pastor this day to boldly proclaim the truth of Your Word. Help the pastor not to grow weary in well-doing or to fall away but provide grace upon grace. I’m thanking You in advance for what You will do in and through our pastor this very day, in Jesus’ name. 

Pray that Your Pastor Clearly Sees God’s Direction

Proverbs 3:5-6—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Dear Father,

Thank you for a pastor that seeks You with a whole heart. The pastor’s singular desire, Lord, is to serve and please You. So, Father, show the pastor the way. Give the pastor Your vision. Grant Your clarity. Make the complex simple. And then give the pastor boldness to step out in faith to accomplish Your plans for our ministry and for our church. It’s easy to be distracted by many voices, so Father let the pastor hear but one voice, and let that voice be Yours. These things I pray with hope and expectation, in Jesus’ name. 

Pray for Your Pastor to Be Renewed with Energy

Galatians 6:9—“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Dear Lord,

Even though my pastor serves our church with what seems like boundless energy, no one is a superhuman; I know the pastor gets really weary. The demands on the body and spirit are nearly unending. Would You let my pastor find respite and relaxation from the day? Would You clear the mind, give a good sleep tonight, and refreshment for another day of kingdom service? Bless my pastor, oh Lord, for faithfulness and offer blessings with a new day to continue in  faithfully service to You.

Pray for Your Pastor’s Focus to Increase

Matthew 6:33—“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Dear God,

There will be hundreds of distractions in my pastor’s life today—fires to put out, unexpected twists and turns, and the noise and clutter of the world. I know that the deceiver will do anything he can to keep my pastor from study, prayer, and service. So, I lift my pastor up to You, dear Lord, asking You to help keep the main thing the main thing. Give “blinders” so that my pastor is keenly focused on You and on Your purpose for life and ministry this day. In Jesus’ name.   

Pray for the Blessing of Wisdom to Increase

James 1:5-6—“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

Dear Lord,

I come to you today interceding for my pastor. I know there will be many important decisions that must be made, many words that must be chosen carefully, many needs that must be answered. It’s a day that the pastor can’t handle with only human abilities. The pastor needs Your wisdom and Your guidance. Only You know what today will bring, and only You know what the demands will be. Meet them, oh Lord, and give the pastor just what is needed, just when it’s needed. I’m thanking you, in Jesus’ name.

Pray that Love Will Surround and Encourage Your Pastor

John 13: 34-35—“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Dear Holy Spirit,

Today I pray for the fruits of the spirit in my pastor’s life—that love, joy, peace, and patience will guide; that kindness and goodness will be companions; that faithfulness will be the motto, and that gentleness and self-control will be evident to all. Help the pastor to see each person today through Your eyes. And help them to see You in the pastor. I love you, Lord, and I thank you for my pastor, in Jesus’ name.


Gift Ideas for Your Pastor

Looking to find a practical and meaningful gift for your pastor? Why not offer the gift of godly resources. We have some bestselling Bibles to add to our list. Check them out here.

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