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This is a much-needed conversation as it sheds light on a very real problem within the church. I'm thankful I read it. And I encourage everyone to read Why Pastors Quit and wrestle with the truth this book contains. Thank you, Bo for writing from your heart, as well as sharing some of your past experiences and your passion to see expastors re-engage in ministry once again.
--Greg Atkinson, Author of Church Leadership Essentials & Strange Leadership

For a number of years now, Bo and I have been friends and partners in Kingdom efforts and I have come to appreciate, among so many other things, his sensitivity and creativity. Bo is a person that is sensitive to the Lord and to His people. His gentleness and compassion are evident. So is his creativity. He's always got a new book, website, song or video in the works. You are holding one such project. I commend this project to you, but more than that, I commend Bo Lane to you. I think you'll like him too.
--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

About the Author

Bo Lane is a writer, a filmmaker and the founder of ExPastors.com, a resource to encourage pastors and leaders who have or are going through a break-up with the local church. Previously, he published Rethink Monthly, a print and online magazine with the mission of presenting real and authentic thoughts, news, and opinions about spirituality, life and culture. Bo served as an Associate Pastor in churches throughout Oregon, Iowa, and California for nearly a decade. He is married to Melissa and they have two beautiful children, Benjamin and Bella. In addition to his work with ExPastors, Bo enjoys writing and blogging on topics such as leadership, personal development, working in and outside of ministry, and the creative process.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497410894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497410893
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not an expastor, not a pastor, nor a spouse of either, so perhaps I was looking for something different than one of those groups. I wanted some information on how to make sure my pastor doesn't become an expastor. The statistics at the beginning were startling! The last chapter on how to help was . . . hmm, common sense? The stuff in between, well, if it's helpful to someone, then it was worthwhile.
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This is a good book, though perhaps the title is a bit misleading. The book and its foreword are written by ex-pastors, and the book is really more about the experience of former pastors: what it's like to be a former pastor, what ex-pastors go through, and how they should deal with being an ex-pastor. It also tries to give some advice toward helping a former pastor decide whether he's ready to go back into full-time ministry. The book does talk some about why pastors quit, but that's not the main focus. So really the book ought to be titled something like "So, You're An Ex-Pastor" or "Hope For Former Pastors." But I suppose the current title attracts more readers.

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.
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This is a small but good book. I picked it up during a time of transition in ministry. From part time (having been bi-vocational with the same great job for 17 years to moving 1/2 way across country) to a full time pastorate with ⅓ the salary I had previously enjoyed.

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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I began fulltime ministry 5 years ago. It hasn't been easy. And only by the grace of God, I'm still in it. Yet I was interested in reading Lane's book for several reasons, but one especially was gaining a better understanding of why many pastors do leave the ministry and what I might be able to do about it--for others, but also prevent it for myself. And it does provide answers. Additionally, I found this book helped me gain a greater empathy for expastors.
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I was disappointed with this book. It doesn't say anything that hasn't been said before. The title is misleading. There is very little hard information about WHY pastors leave, and that information is based upon the author's personal story and a limited survey. It's more of a memoir or personal journal than an in depth analysis. The solutions to pastoral disillusionment and burnout are nothing more than same-old same-old. The book also assumes that all pastors are men. The author seems to have good intentions (hence two stars instead of one) but I didn't find anything here that was helpful or insightful.
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This is the best book I could have buy, I just quit also from ministry, it has been very painful and scarry to see that I can't do anyother thing, but I cann't any longer funtion as a pastor or in a christian ministry. Thanks Bo for writing this book, it is a great kiss from God to all of us that have quit for the many reasons, but is wonderful to know that God still love us and is very happy to see us. We r his beloved still.
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It's not a perfect book - I wish it was more in-depth on some of the issues expastors face - but it addresses a major problem in church life that can not be ignored. I appreciate the candor and emotional honesty the author brought to this issue.
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Having worked in the church for many years, there were so many pieces of this book that resonated with me. The way Bo writes is human and easy—like talking with a friend over coffee. But he also pushes the right buttons to get you to think.
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