Ministry and Community: Recognizing, Healing and Preventing Ministry Impairment

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Ministry impairment seems to be increasingly problematic for the Church today. While the minister's personality or character is typically the focus of media attention, impairment is also influenced by organizational dynamics such as the recruitment and promotion policies of the religious organization (be it parish, religious order, or diocese) as well as its culture and structure. Ministry and Community highlights the interplay of personality dynamics and organizational dynamics for eight of the most common forms...
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Overview

Ministry impairment seems to be increasingly problematic for the Church today. While the minister's personality or character is typically the focus of media attention, impairment is also influenced by organizational dynamics such as the recruitment and promotion policies of the religious organization (be it parish, religious order, or diocese) as well as its culture and structure. Ministry and Community highlights the interplay of personality dynamics and organizational dynamics for eight of the most common forms of ministry impairment and how they can be recognized, treated, and prevented.
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This is a 'must read' book for anyone in ministry who wants to help rather than be hurt by wounded people. . . . Even the appendix is a 'must read.'
Matthew Linn, SJ, Dennis Linn, Sheila Linn

Dr. Sperry's important work should be carefully read and studied by everyone in authority, but especially by bishops, major superiors of religious, and all those who are responsible for the lives of others. Dr. Sperry brings together the best insights of his field and applies them in a special way to those who minister in the Church so that they can serve better. It is indeed a major achievement.
Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland, OSB

. . . a small but information-packed book that addresses preventing as well as dealing with crisis.
Crux

This little volume is a major service to those of us in the field.
The Priest

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814627235
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author


Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is a professor at Florida Atlantic University and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He consults to dioceses and religious orders and is on 10 editorial boards including Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. Among his 600+ publications are the award winning Transforming Self and Community: Revisioning Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction; Sex, Priestly Ministry & the Church, and Spirituality in Clinical Practice (2ed).
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments x
1 Ministry and Community Today: An Overview 1
2 Narcissistic Behavior in Ministry 12
3 Sexually Abusing Behavior in Ministry 24
4 Psychopathic Behavior in Ministry 39
5 Borderline Behavior in Ministry 47
6 Manic-Depressive Behavior in Ministry 60
7 Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior in Ministry 73
8 Depressive Behavior in Ministry 85
9 Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Ministry 94
10 From Healing to Wholeness in Ministry 106
Appendix Fitness for Ministry: Indicators and Criteria 114
Index 122
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