Dr. Walker, always one of the premier thinkers, pastors, leaders, counselors, and theologians in the Church of God, writes in a few pages one of the greatest resources on understanding the Biblical guidelines, expectations, and order of pastoral ministry and church ministry. Prophetically, Walker speaks in 1965 to the very troubles that we are struggling with today in the church.
Walker points out how Pentecostal churches are guilty of not putting enough emphasis on Christian Education. He points out that churches are more interested in how many they can pile in a class room and see who can remember Job's sisters' names at the end of the day than to promote application and real discussion for the process of discipleship and relational growth. He also points out the danger of being too holy for evangelism and submission. Walker uses the old adage that many in the Church of God may just be "so heavenly minded they're no earthly good." Walker reminds the church that its focus in terms of worship must be on glorifying Christ and thanking Him for all He has done in our lives. He speaks directly against singing songs for emotional reasons and repeating choruses over and over again until a saint gets excited enough to manifest in the Spirit. He even goes so far as suggesting that churches should NOT expect to have an altar call after every sermon. Walker says that sometimes the preached word should be so direct and heavy that there should be plenty of times when the pastor should close the service in prayer and let the church people go home and dwell on the message and pray. Walker speaks directly to the pastor and the church when he calls for pastors to preach truths and teach sound doctrine and not seek to entertain the people. He reminds the pastor that elevating his voice and performing theatrics is not necessary. Instead, the anointing is necessary and the Holy Spirit will direct the service and all participants as He wills.
In terms of speaking to the church in 1965, he states that most churches do not understand their purpose. Walker speaks to the reality then, and the certain reality of today, that many are coming to churches to be entertained or for social engagement only to forget Christ, the church, its ministries, and their responsibilities all until the next service. Walker suggested then and it rings true now, that one of the main weaknesses of the church is that a large majority in the church are completely alright with hired clergy and the faithful few in the church working to put on events and ministries to satisfy the fleshly / spiritual lusts of the immature and uncommitted. Walker speaks directly to the church in that it must become alive active from top to bottom if it is to accomplish the sacred mission of Christ.
Walker ends the book speaking to pastors and reminding them of their responsibility as a shepherd. Nowhere in the book does Walker suggest to pastors that all they need is the anointing. Instead, he goes out of his way to speak to the pastor to continue his education if at all possible. He speaks to the pastor to read and study to enlarge his horizons and thinking always balancing all things together with prayer, Bible study, and fasting.
This book should be THE manual for pastors and churches. There's no doubt in my mind if pastors and churches would follow Walker's teachings in this book, that more pastors would feel fulfilled and joyful in ministry instead of tired, worn out, and unappreciated. More churches would be growing and experiencing revival and community transformation. I would highly recommend this book to every pastor and church person that has a desire to see true power and ministry take place in their church and community.