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"…the most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional theme the Puritanism produced." - J.I. Packer

Richard Baxter was vicar of Kidderminster from 1647 to 1661. In an introduction to this reprint, Dr. J.I. Packer describes him as ‘the most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced’. His ministry transformed the people of Kidderminster from ‘an ignorant, rude and revelling people’ to a godly, worshipping community. These pages, first prepared for a Worcestershire association of ministers in 1656, deal with the means by which such changes are ever to be accomplished. In his fervent plea for the discharge of the spiritual obligations of the ministry, Baxter, in the words of his contemporary, Thomas Manton, ‘came nearer the apostolic writings than any man in the age’.

A century later Philip Doddridge wrote, ‘The Reformed Pastor is a most extraordinary book…many good men are but shadows of what (by the blessing of God) they might be, if the maxims and measures laid down in that incomparable Treatise were strenuously pursued’.

Today, Baxter’s principles, drawn from Scripture, and reapplied in terms of modern circumstances, will provide both ministers and other Christians with challenge, direction and help.

Table of Contents:

Introduction – J.I. Packer

Preface: William Brown

1. Chapter I: The Oversight of Ourselves

Section 1: The Nature of This Oversight

Section 2: The Motives to this Oversight

2. Chapter II: The Oversight of the Flock

Section 1: The Nature of This Oversight

Section 2: The Manner of This Oversight

Section 3: The Motives to This Oversight

3. Chapter III: Application

Section 1: The use of Humiliation

Section 2: The Duty of Personal Catechizing and Instructing the Flock Particularly Recommended

Part 1: Motives to This Duty

Article 1: Motives from the Benefits of the Work

Article 2: Motives from the Difficulties of the Work

Article 3: Motives from the Necessity of the Work

Article 4: Application of these Motives

Part 2: Objections to This Duty

Part 3: Direction for This Duty

Article 1: Direction for bringing our People to Submit to the Exercise

Article 2: Directions for Prosecuting the Exercise with Success 


Richard Baxter (1615–1691) was one of the preeminent Puritan leaders of his day, the most successful Puritan pastor, and the most productive Puritan writer. Ordained at 23, he spent 17 fruitful years as curate at Kidderminster, England. He was ejected from the Church of England by the Act of Uniformity in 1662 and was imprisoned at least three times for his preaching. The author of more than 150 published treatises.


"A staple classic…you absolutely must have it. The passion, the love, for the souls of your people; this is the type of book you want to read once a year." — JOEL BEEKE