Clergy Burnout

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In this highly accessible book, Fred Lehr clarifies the nature and practice of clergy codependence. In short, insightful, and highly readable chapters, filled with many examples and stories from his own life and those he has counseled, Lehr identifies the typical forms codependence takes in the life and ministry of clergy:

the chief-enabler, the one who keeps things ...

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Overview

In this highly accessible book, Fred Lehr clarifies the nature and practice of clergy codependence. In short, insightful, and highly readable chapters, filled with many examples and stories from his own life and those he has counseled, Lehr identifies the typical forms codependence takes in the life and ministry of clergy:

the chief-enabler, the one who keeps things functioning;
the scapegoat, the one on whom everything's blamed when it goes wrong, the one who's responsible;
the hero, the example, the pure and righteous one;
the lost child, the one no one really knows or cares about;
the rescuer, the one who saves the day, makes the visit, fixes the problem, makes everything all right again;
the mascot, the cheerleader, the one who offers comic relief, brings down the tension level after a heated discussion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800637637
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Prisms Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 689,071
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Painful pastoring 3
2 Burnout and codependence 10
3 Personalities and codependence 20
4 The church and codependence 29
5 Holiness and spirituality 48
6 Becoming gospel-centered 61
7 Developing spiritual maturity 68
8 Regaining balance 83
9 Stretching and bridging 98
10 Knowing the boundaries 103
11 Becoming empowered 118
12 Un-trashing the temple 124
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    All clergy need to read this.

    This is a must-read for all persons preparing for ordained ministry and clergy serving congregations. The 'Clergy Disease' (original title of the book) has been infecting congregations and pastors through unhealthy codependency and unreasonable expectations for far too long. As a 'recovering' clergy, I am thankful for Pastor Lehr's honest and helpful assessment of the problem and his insights into the process for healing. I found the brief surveys and checklists for personal assessment of codependent behaviors, spiritual maturity, and boundary maintenance to be particularly helpful. Appendices to the book include study guides for clergy groups and congregation councils or personnel committees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Terrific!

    A good book for any pastor who wants a more balanced life or a great gift for those who value their pastor's well-being. The author goes through the most prevelent personality types ministers have, explains how these personality characteristics can make them prone to behaviors that lead to poor mental and physical health, and then gives help for recovery in a faith-based manner.

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