Pastors are called to an exciting ministry of proclamation and leadership. That excitement, however, often turns to demoralization and burnout as pastors become increaslingly uncertain of what their role is supposed to be. Competing claims by the congregation, the denomination, and society about who and what the paster is supposed to be breed confusion and disappointment. In this book, Alyce McKenzie lays out the four qualities of the wise teacher - the bended knee, the listening heart, the cool spirit, and the subversive voice - and encourages pastors to make each of these integral to their ministry and vocation. She goes on to demonstrate that the sermon is the prime opportunity to function in the role of wise teacher, and offers strategies for applying biblical wisdom to all areas of everyday life.