Obvious Wisdom Offers Pragmatic and Poignant Lessons on Ministry


COLUMBIA, Mo. – June 4, 2018 – Bishop Bob Farr’s latest book, Obvious Wisdom: 52 tips for effective ministry, is now available for purchase. Published by Market Square, the book provides succinct, practical advice designed to help pastors utilize their resources and energy wisely while growing more and more passionate about their faith and ministry.

“Sometimes the most obvious choice isn’t apparent to the inexperienced, said Bishop Farr. “I am thankful to the many mentors and colleagues who offered me ‘obvious wisdom’ throughout my pastoral career. This book is my attempt to share lessons learned with others.”

With the demands of local church ministry in a rapidly changing culture, it can be easy for pastors to lose focus and perspective. The volume’s concise chapters serve as perfect guide for a weekly clergy group or daily personal reflection.

“In the midst of the whirlwind of ministry, the obvious isn’t always apparent. It’s good to be reminded by a wise friend about what’s important,” said Christie Latona, Director of Connectional Ministries of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

This is Farr’s fifth book. He has co-authored several books with Kay Kotan and published by Abingdon Press, including: Renovate or Die – 10 Ways to Focus Your Church in Mission (2011), Get Their Name- Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships (2013), 10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church (2015), and The Necessary Nine (2015).