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Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them: Help for Frustrated Pastors--Including New Research From the Barna Group Paperback – March 1, 2011
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1. A head-in-the-sand mentality that denies 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.
Praise God for Pastor Stone's enlightenment and very open view of how Pastors and those in ministry can defeat the attacks we may encounter. I love my church family and love the fact that there are so many that consistently check on each other. "Burn Out" is something we are always making sure the other doesn't feel.
Chapter 7 -Open Up with Vulnerability (Do You have a safe confidant?) spoke to me. It reminded me of a quote "Loneliness is not the absence of people but the absence of connection".
I am proud of my church and my church family...but I am glad to find a book that will enable us, as body of Christ and family, to care for each other better.
Charles Stone, in his book "Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them" is currently high on my list of reading resources as an eye opener to those in church leadership. Pastoral care is not what it used to be. Frustrations are pushing many to the brink of burnout, as pastors stress out in tryinig to meet enormous expectations. These come from their congregations, or from themselves. Their family and spiritual relationship with the Lord suffer, as these men and women are robbed of times of refreshments and renewal.
The writer has summarized these in a readable but challenging way. His charts are revealing. His insigts into problems and their solutions are biblical and helpful. I've used many of them in my own presentations. I found chapters 7 through 10 especially useful; all check marks in dealing with the pressures fostered upon by those with God's call on their lives. The need for an 'accountability partner' is paramount.
I likewise appreciated the seeds planted in his chapter on "Spouse Killers", which may warrant a future book by Dr. Stone.
Finally, the Church needs to recognize that a 'shepherd' is paid for two things in his relationship to the flock the Lord has assigned to him. Acts 6:4 tells us that we are to "give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word." (NKJV) In short, a pastor is to pray for his people and feed his people. All other demands by the flock are a bonus to them. It would do well for elders and deacons to acquaint themselves with this book.
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Every clergy person nees to read this book. It helps overcome the frustrations of working with the largest volunteer organization in the u.S.Published on April 18, 2013 by Marcia L. Howland
I have not read this book, but I know Pastor Charles Stone personally. He actually included me in one of his books. He has never treated me with one ounce of respect. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Amy Stevens
This is a great read and resource for anyone in ministry or going into the ministry. From start to finish here is a closer look at what some might say is the dark side of ministry. Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Hiker
Pastor Charles book "5 Ministry Killers," is an excellent book. It provides a transparent, straightforward look at issues people involved in minstry experience. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Frank Gervasi
I just finished Charles Stone's most recent work 5 MINISTRY KILLERS AND HOW TO DEFEAT THEM. What struck me as particularly refreshing was the fact that Stone did not use this work... Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Chris Johnson
Five Minstry Killers and How to Defeat Them is a must-read for anyone on a church staff. After 40 years serving churches of every size, I've seen just about every book and article... Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by jrob1950