Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
How to persevere with a faith that passes the test of time
The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. This valuable resource will help you to keep up the pace, avoid obstacles and stay focused on the prize.
By reading this book you will
- discover a Christian life of discipleship that really works and has an impact on the world around;
- become aware of, and learn how to overcome, possible weaknesses that could threaten your progress as a believer;
- find out how to ensure that your relationship with God is one of intimacy and not just religious practices;
- gain keys to freedom from repeated patterns of sin and character flaws;
- learn how to become the person God has designed you to be – impacting your relationships, your actions and your sense of purpose
…a holistic view of how to grow spiritually. It is warmly to be commended.
About the Author
After serving as an officer in the Royal Navy, Steve Pollard went into Law and eventually developed a Medical Negligence and High Court practice. . He was also involved in church leadership as well as raising a family with his wife Helen. Steve has helped to establish a counselling charity, becoming a counsellor and trainer of counsellors. He successfully completed Advanced Training as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition and ran retreats within the Manresa Link.
Endorsements and Reviews
The Reverend Canon David McInnes
Steve Pollard’s readiness to be vulnerable about himself as well as spelling out some of the great lessons of how to develop a genuinely Christian life, make this book an invaluable contribution. He brings a wealth of practical understanding of what goes on inside a person, drawn from years of in-depth counselling in which he and his wife have engaged. Moreover, this psychological insight is combined with careful biblical exposition to give a holistic view of how to grow spiritually. It is warmly to be commended.
The Reverend Canon David McInnes
Revd David Frederick, Church Leader, Love the Street, Exeter
In this profound, vulnerable and heart-felt book, Steve shows with eloquent clarity how we can achieve and enjoy a healthy inner life, one in which we become spiritually, emotionally and mentally free from some of the negative effects of past experience. To be able to identify some of the baggage that I have been carrying (in blissful ignorance) in my life and to be led through a simple method by which this is discarded (and replaced with something better!) has been an enormous blessing. I particularly love Steve’s great practical advice for recognising and hearing God’s voice in simple daily conversation. What a joy to relate to a God who loves giving short, direct answers to short, direct questions (I can feel His smile even as I write this!) And by combining common sense, holy truth and hard-learned lessons from life, Steve’s book offers a model of ministering to the whole person that is truly and enduringly effective. And the great news is, this model can work for anyone!
Revd David Frederick
Church Leader, Love the Street, Exeter
Andy Croft, Joint Senior Pastor, Soul Survivor, Watford
Joint Senior Pastor, Soul Survivor, Watford
Nigel Langford, Head of Church Relations for the Bible Society
There is such depth to this piece of writing, one that reminds us how real the spiritual battle can be. However, if we so desire, we can develop our relationship and intimacy with Christ. We can be confident that in our brokenness the Spirit can lead us to become warriors. I am encouraged by Steve Pollard, the practical approach and paradigm presented in this book, and that it helps us identify our inner being and walk toward freedom. I believe this work will enable more people to understand their purpose, experience renewal and empower them to multiply it in others.
Head of Church Relations for the Bible Society; Co-founder and leader of Hub Church, Woodford; Board Member; Westminster Theological Centre.
Stu Alred, Pastor, Grace Church, Exeter
Pastor, Grace Church, Exeter
Revd James Grier, Vicar, Unlimited Church
If there is anyone who deserves the accolade from God, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”, it’s Steve Pollard. He is someone who walks the talk with exceptional faithfulness in life and ministry. He lives what he teaches on a daily basis through the highs and lows. Over the last decade Bespoke ministry has brought release, transformation and hope to so many people. Some have reached the end of the line with nowhere else to turn. Others have been leaders who want to serve God more faithfully and with greater freedom and power. Whether Steve and Helen are offering intense and profound ministry to the depths of people’s trauma or simply helping people walk more closely with God, they never make it about themselves and their ministry. Their passion is for people to have the skills and insights to take responsibility for their own faith and walk. It is so fantastic to see their wisdom so clearly distilled and expressed in black and white. This book is a must for anyone who wants to live fully as a disciple of Christ. It offers profound insights for those who are broken and struggling to cope, alongside basic understanding that is essential for anyone who wants to live as God intended.
Revd James Grier
Vicar, Unlimited Church
Keith Johnson, Business Leader and Executive Coach
Business Leader and Executive Coach
Sue Clark (MBACP) Integrative Counsellor and Salvation Army Modern-day Slavery Support Programme Volunteer
Sue Clark (MBACP)
Integrative Counsellor and Salvation Army Modern-day Slavery Support Programme Volunteer
Revd Edward and Lucy Hobbs , St Andrew’s Church, Cullompton
Steve and Helen have been a huge help to us personally and to many in our church family. I commend this book to you as I commend their ministry to our church members! As you read it I would encourage you to take you time over the questions, and allow the Holy Spirit to do his work!
Revd Edward and Lucy Hobbs
St Andrew’s Church, Cullompton
David Edwards , Worship Pastor
Time spent with Steve Pollard is life-changing! At last, through this excellent book, a wider audience can benefit from the wisdom and understanding that God has given to him over the years. I can personally vouch that the principles Steve unpacks here are truly transformational. May the Lord use this treasure of a book to bring many people into freedom, intimacy with Jesus and fruitfulness for His Kingdom and glory. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”! (Galatians 5:1)
David Poulson, Youth Worker
A year after ending a long-term abusive relationship, I sat down with Steve as he guided me through the ideas and practices set out here. I want to say it changed how I looked at the situation, but really it changed the way I looked at myself; at my self-worth and self-identity, and my relationship with Jesus. Some of the things we discussed I still reflect on now and still benefit from. This is a valuable and worthwhile model, and one that I hope will continue to serve and release many people as they discover this book.
Sam Pollard, Associate Vicar, All Saints Woodford Wells; Lead Minister, Barking Riverside Church Plant
All of us experience the tension between who we want to be and how we are actually living, whether because of major wounds or simply the toil of daily life. This book is for anyone who wants, with God’s help, to step more fully into who they want to be. What Steve Pollard does so well is to make simple and clear some very big ideas about how the world works both in the spiritual and the natural; to draw together insights from different streams of counselling, inner healing and psychology into an holistic view of life; and then to bring from these practical tools for how to grow in God and walk into freedom. But Well Done Good and F aithful Servant is more than just another ‘how to’ book, it contains wisdom hard-won through Steve Pollard’s own life and then honed through encouraging countless others to grow in God through the ministry of Bespoke. In other words, it’s real stuff. You see, Steve Pollard is a trained spiritual director and life coach, a husband, father, and grandfather; he has been a naval officer, solicitor, church leader and church planter; he has journeyed through long term mental illness, the loss of his first child, and multiple serious illnesses in his close family, to a place not only of healing but of helping others find freedom. And Steve Pollard is my dad. So much of what I know of following Jesus, living life well, being a husband and raising children, I have learned from his invitation to share his journey (the good and the bad), to watch how he lives and how he learns, and to hear him speak into my life. In this book he extends that same invitation to you.
Associate Vicar, All Saints Woodford Wells; Lead Minister, Barking Riverside Church Plant
“…profound, vulnerable and heartfelt book.”