Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them: Help for Frustrated Pastors--Including New Research From the Barna Group

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Before pastors reach burnout and leave the ministry, they experience frustration and disappointment in ministry. Charles Stone, a veteran pastor, helps his fellow pastors understand and meet these challenges, regaining hope and energy to continue their calling. Based on information from the Barna Group and additional research, Stone shows readers what pastors are saying about ministry and offers practical help to overcome the obstacles, rebuild community within the congregation, and persevere with joy. Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, says, "Read this book and be encouraged."

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What If You Could Find a Way to Renew Your Enthusiasm for Ministry? You have that help in your hands. Deftly analyzing and applying the latest previously unpublished research, Charles Stone has identified major causes of frustration and burnout among pastors and church leaders. But the book doesn't stop there. Here is a practical plan that will Show how to defeat obstacles with the potential to kill your ministry Illustrate healthy ways to respond to aggravating issues Minimize the draining effects ministry places on you and your family (with wise insights from Sherryl Stone, the author's wife) Demonstrate how to share with others what they can do to help By learning to open up with vulnerability, own up with humility, show up with integrity, and speak up with courage, you can experience healing and renewed joy in service to Christ, your family, and your church. "A delightful guide to anyone in ministry. Charles Stone's book will make you laugh, cry, but in the end may save your ministry. Get it, read it, and enjoy it, and then learn." --Elmer L. Towns Co-Founder, Liberty University; Dean, School of Religion "Charles Stone does a fabulous job interweaving statistics and stories to make a compelling case for how to defeat those evasive character issues that can destroy a ministry. This is an imperative topic for those of us in ministry today." --Dave Ferguson Lead Pastor, Community Christian Church; Spiritual Entrepreneur, NewThing Network

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What Frustrates You in Ministry? You probably began your ministry believing you'd make a kingdom difference. That dream may now seem elusive. Perhaps your journey has brought more frustration than happiness, and you wonder if it's time to move on, or out. Have you searched the Web for openings in other churches recently? Thought about selling insurance? Getting your Realtor's license? Every church is different, and the situations you face are unique to your setting, but common threads are found in many churches. Using customized, commissioned research from the Barna Group and others, veteran pastor Charles Stone points to five potent killers in pastors' lives: 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 Stone then uses his thirty years of pastoral experience to unpack these problems so you can regain real hope and energy to continue in your calling. No unrealistic advice or simplistic solutions. Just hard questions and straight answers that will lead to healing and restoration for you and your congregation.

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