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Why Pastors Quit Paperback – March 25, 2014
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--John Fehlen, Lead Pastor West Salem Foursquare Church, Salem, Oregon
Bo Lane is willing to go where few other writers dare to venture. I applaud his passion in addressing an essential topic with fierce courage and utmost sincerity. The Church needs more dialogue on this emerging trend.
--Kary Oberbrunner, Author of Your Secret Name, The Deeper Path, and Day Job to Dream Job
This book is a quick read with a deep message: God cares about us, and not just our job descriptions. Though I'll certainly encourage my expastor friends to find comfort and encouragement in this book, I'm also prepared to challenge anyone in full-time ministry to read and heed Bo's words here, because the lesson is so rich for us all--life with Jesus, as well as personal and family health, is more important to our identity than which church we are assigned to, or where we get a paycheck.
--Tim Clark, Lead Pastor The Church On The Way, Van Nuys, California.
Bo is the real deal! He has walked the walk that expastors experience during times of transitions out of full-time Christian Ministry. His love for God is deep and he has a genuine love for the church. Bo knows how to help pastors discover that there is life after public ministry. Reading this will enable you to maneuver through the obstacles of venturing out of ministry safely.
--Bob Claxton, Professional Speaker, Coach and Trainer, Former Pastor of nearly 30 years
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The book includes some very interesting and even startling statistics about the quantity of pastors who leave ministry, and some of the reasons. But other than that it's not a very practical book. It doesn't offer a lot of practical solutions or advice about what to do if you've left the ministry or are thinking about going back into ministry. Nor does it offer a lot of help for current pastors who are struggling and contemplating leaving full-time ministry.
That said, as a former pastor myself, I found a lot in the book I could relate to. More than anything, the book validated many of the feelings and experiences I've had since I left the ministry, and as a former pastor. The book provided me comfort and let me know I'm not alone after all in many of the things I've felt and experiences I've had.
However, if you are currently in ministry and are looking for a book that will talk you out of leaving the ministry, or give you practical advice about how to overcome your struggles as a pastor, this is not that book. If you're struggling in ministry and looking for a book to give you a pep talk to help you stay where you are, this book will disappoint you. It doesn't do any of that. If you need hope for pastoring, you probably need to try a different book.
I like that it encourages pastors (ex-pastors) to take time to heal and protect their families. I would add that this should be a part of your lifestyle while still in the ministry, then perhaps burnout and discouragement can be avoided.
What I disliked is that I felt that there was no real encouragement to find other avenues of ministry for those leaving the pastorate, there are still many avenues if ministry that can bring joy to the ex-pastors heart.
I would recommend this book to ALL pastors. Maybe you're not thinking about walking away from church and ministry today, but discouragement will come, sooner or later, learning to recognize it and deal with it now can save you much heart ache later.
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This book gives a great overview about the pitfalls of Pastoring. It is a very candid account of what persons can experience in the work of the Lord.Published 4 months ago by Thomas Wallace
Easy read and I would recommend to anyone going thru changes in ministry. Couldn't put the book down till I read it!Published 15 months ago by Gustavo
This book, though spot-on in its critique of modern pastoring has nothing new to add to the conversation. Easy enough to read but it lacked a solid edit.Published 18 months ago by Paul Lewandowski
I love it. Thank you for writing this book. I have a whole lot more respect for ex-pastors who've been hurt by the same churches they've served and loved. Ps 34:8.Published 21 months ago by adonis bisco
I would recommend this book to all who have received a calling to pastor, those who are currently a pastor, and those who have been hurt, abused, or burnt out by religion. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Nathan L. Batres
Not for those looking to stay in ministry. I was very disappointed in this book, as I read I just kept hoping the story would get better...nope!Published on July 19, 2014 by CP