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Every year, thousands of pastors are forced from their ministries, many never to return. Studies reveal that forced terminations, once having occurred in a local church, often repeat themselves in the same church, demonstrating a pattern of dysfunction and difficulty within those fellowships. In Toxic Church, Creech examines how the patterns of family dysfunction find their way into the life of the local church, often producing severe conflict, causing division, enabling sin, and even ending the ministry of the pastor and possibly even the local church. Additionally, Creech outlines a plan for recognizing dysfunction within the church family, diagnosing the root causes of that dysfunction, and taking steps to protect the church and the pastor from what many now call the epidemic caused by toxic churches and the clergy killers within them.
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Chris and his wife, Faith, have been in ministry for over forty years. During this time they have served in pastoral ministry for over twenty eight years in five churches, including one church they planted in Toronto. Chris earned a M. Div. and Ph. D. from Southwestern Seminary. He has taught at seminaries in Singapore and Malaysia as resident faculty and as adjunct faculty at other seminaries in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Currently they are serving at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris and Faith hope to give their latter years in ministry to caring for hurting pastors and missionaries in the US, Asia, or wherever the need exists. Toxic Church was written as a result of their experiences in seeing many pastors and missionaries leave ministry as a result of trauma. For this reason, they sense their call is to help hurting pastors and missionaries in whatever way possible.
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