Monday, May 24, 2010

Review: 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat them

5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat them by Dr. Charles Stone is, in essence, a book for discouraged and burned out pastors. Through research, real-life stories and data, Dr. Stone reveals 5 categories that steal ministerial joy:

1. Head-in-the-sand mentality that denies existing problems.
2. Emotional investment in the wrong issues.
3. Unhealthy responses to ministry frustrations.
4. A lone ranger attitude that says, "God and I can handle this."
5. Attitudes and actions that lead to lonely, hurting spouses.

The book reveals some discouraging facts:
1. "A 2001 survey discovered that the average tenure of pastor's in America is 3.8 years," (pp. 43).
2. "1 in 4 pastors experience a forced termination according to a 1990's reported study."are dismissed" (pp. 43).

This book is a fantastic resource for pastors or families who are heavily involved in ministry and finding themselves tired and fed up with their work. It is also a fantastic book for any pastor that is looking to defend themselves from these common "ministry killers." A great gift book for your pastor, I highly recommend it. Also a great read for the regular church-goer who wants to better relate to their ministerial staff and know how to best encourage them, pray for them, and support them.

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