Ed Francis Worship of Mass Dysfunction

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Worship of Mass Dysfunction

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The following is unapologetically written by an imperfect Christian: There has been a deep decline in Christian credibility. Many believers have replaced a desire to live authentically with the phony business-like relationships found in exclusiveness and excess. In the process of seeking to take care of ourselves, we've turned away from relationships and vainly chased the empty trappings of success. My book, Worship of Mass Dysfunction, "What Happened When Our Purpose-Driven Church Failed To Care For People," relates my decade of dysfunction while serving under a Purpose-Driven pastor who was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing from the people who trusted him to lead his church in Jesus' name. I examine our propensity to seek out packaging while neglecting to care for people. And inspire everyone to rethink what it truly means to be not just Christian, but Christ-like. My research stems from attending seminary and actual experience as I was part of a church where the Bible was treated as secondary when compared to Purpose-Driven concepts. I spent eight years in the mental health field in the Air Force (alcoholism rehabilitation, substance abuse recovery and neuropsychological testing). I graduated from the Austin Graduate School of Theology with a degree in Ministry and Christian Studies, completed internships at The Heart Hospital of Austin as a Chaplain, and at The Fellowship at Forest Creek as a minister understudy. I am also a Director of Drummer's For Jesus. In addition, I am married and the father of 5 young boys. Mine is a story which needs to be told, and I relate detail after agonizing detail in my book with hope that other churches can learn from our mistakes. It isn't a happy, feel good, puppy dogs and sunshine kind of book highlighting the genuine care found in our churches. The pages are not filled with nice topical discussions on how churches are doing a great job. I provide a sobering look into a world where Christians aren't always the way we like to portray ourselves. It's honest. Some of it isn't pretty, but life gets messy and I've captured the pain and frustration of working with church leadership which unquestionably followed the questionable philosophy found in Rick Warren's model of a Purpose-Driven church.

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