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

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

by Charles Stone

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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 the challenges, regaining hope and energy to continue in their calling. Based on new information from The Barna Group and additional research, Stone shows readers what pastors are saying about ministry and how to overcome the obstacles, rebuild community within the congregation, and persevere with joy.

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ISBN-13: 9781441212023
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 815 KB

About the Author

Charles Stone, MDiv, DDiv, serves as senior pastor of Ginger Creek Community Church, in suburban Chicago. He has been in the ministry for 30 years, has published numerous articles in church and ministry magazines, and is the coauthor (with his daughter) of Daughters Gone Wild--Dads Gone Crazy. Charles has graduate degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Sherryl, have three adult children.
Charles Stone, DMin, serves as senior pastor of West Park Church in Ontario, Canada. He has been in ministry for over 30 years, developing leaders, teaching Scripture in a transformational way, coaching churches, and helping individuals to grow in their faith. His education includes graduate degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Charles has written three books, including Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them. He and his wife, Sherryl, have three adult children. To learn more, visit his website at www.charlesstone.com.

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Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them: Help for Frustrated Pastors--Including New Research From the Barna Group 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
VickiLN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being a Pastor is very rewarding, but can also be very frustrating. Many Pastors are overloaded with responsibilities etc. and can feel overwhelmed. Dr. Charles Stone has written a book that will help them work through the "ministry killers" that pastors deal with. My brother in law is a pastor and I know at times he struggles. I think this book would be a great help to him and to other pastors who need guidance in coming though the trials they face.*Thanks to Rebeca and Glass Road PR for this review copy*
DrMattPhD More than 1 year ago
5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them! is a book every pastor in ministry should read . especially if you want to avoid burnout, deal with your frustration and disappointment (and we know there is a LOT of that in ministry) burnout and NOT leave the ministry! Charles is seeking to help his fellow pastors understand and meet these enormous ministry challenges in our increasingly 'market-driven, temper-tantrum' world, as well as helping us regain hope and energy to continue in our calling. While every church is different, and the situations you face are unique to your setting, 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. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all pastors and church leaders - especially those who work on church boards! ~ Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, founder and director of Eagles In Leadership (http://EaglesInLeadership.org)
Edna66 More than 1 year ago
Product Description 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 the challenges, regaining hope and energy to continue in their calling. Based on new information from The Barna Group and additional research, Stone shows readers what pastors are saying about ministry and how to overcome the obstacles, rebuild community within the congregation, and persevere with joy. MY REVIEW: This book is an incredible resource for anyone who's in full or part time ministry. In essence, the book is what life is like in ministry, it takes an authentic look at what gets us going and what brings us down. As I read this book, I am so glad that I am not a pastor! These ministers are pouring their hearts into their ministries and are often met with so much that they don't feel free to share. Like a slow leak, ministry killers slowly rob pastors of the joy and passion they once had until they are completely running on empty. When combined with factors such as isolation, pastors are especially susceptible to infidelity and moral compromise. The system is broken and it is no wonder that many pastors have fallen and/or left the ministry. There is so much in the media about ministers that are bad and it sheds it light on all ministers, God gave them a job to do but some of just using the title to do the devil's work. I believer we need to keep these ministers in our prayers so they can do what-ever God has for them. I have a nephew that is a minister and he keeps getting moved from church to church, and that is hard on his family as well as himself. This book was furnished by Glass Roads Public Relations free to me for review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Charles Stone, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for his new book, "5 Ministry Killers And How To Defeat Them" published by Bethany House. Dr. Stone saw a problem and that problem is that pastors grow disillusioned or just plain tired of their work. To find out what was causing this he commissioned the Barna Group, LifeWay Research and Chrisitanity Today's National ChristianPoll.com to send a survey to over 1,900 pastors and 1,000 non-pastors. The results of the survey revealed 5 categories: 1) Head-in-the-sand mentality that denies existing 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. "5 Ministry Killers And How To Defeat Them" is a book that needs to be read over a period of time one chapter at a time and then needs to be thought about and considered. Why? you ask. Simple, what happens when we lose a pastor in the church? Yes, there is a vacancy and, eventually, that church gets a new pastor. What we fail to realize is that pastor did not burn out over night; it took time. In that time a bond was formed between the people and the pastor. The pastor had a vision for the church that the people were following then the pastor is gone. It takes time before a new pastor is brought in and when he does come the bond has to be developed and a new vision is put before the congregation. All this takes not only a terrible toll on the pastor but the whole congregation. If everyone were to read this book then we would all know how to help our pastors and to prevent their burn put. Pastors are not like a boss at a company you cannot hire and fire them at will, they are assigned by God to pastor a church and losing them is losing a great deal. We all benefit when we rally around our leaders and support them in this great work. That is why we are the Body of Christ. Thank you Dr. Stone for writing this book! If you missed the interview for "5 Ministry Killers And How To Defeat Them" and would like to listen to it please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Wyn More than 1 year ago
Although I am not a pastor I gained quite an insight into their problems. This book would be of benefit to members of the congregation as well as ministers. The book is divided into common problem areas and contains many different solutions to the problems but always suggestions on ways in which to recognize the situations before they develop into problems. There is also an excellent area on problems encountered by a pastor's wife. Dr. Stone has used extensive research data and has ripped apart the veil of "everythings just fine thank you" that covers a multitude of burnout and disappointment in the life of a pastor. Excellent reading for everyone involved in churches.
Daniel_Darling More than 1 year ago
5 Ministry Killers What if you could give a pastor truth serum and ask him what ministry is really like? Behind the plastered-on smile and steady handshake are often men of God who struggle with depression, burnout, disappointment, and sin. And yet, God continues to call ordinary men to the most extraordinary position as shepherd of God's people. As a young and learning pastor myself, I'm humbled by the opportunity to stand in God's place and speak the Word to His people. What a holy, humble, and high calling. One of my good friends in ministry, Dr. Charles Stone, has written a powerful new book, 5 Ministry Killers. Charles rips the mask off of the ministry and reveals the heart of what it is like to be a pastor, going in depth into five areas that rob the joy and steal the fruit of a pastor's ministry. Stone compiles research from respected evangelical polling centers such as Lifeway Research, Barna, and Christianity Today. He combs through the research and layers it with his own personal experience-20 plus years in the ministry. Rarely have I read a pastor so willingly vulnerable, eager to share his struggles and how God has carried him through. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At time the research arrested my attention. Other times I was forced to close the book and reflect and pray over my own flawed motivations. And the entire time I was challenged and strengthened by the book's humble wisdom. I highly recommend 5 Ministry Killers to any pastor, whether you're like me and you've been in the pulpit only 2 years or you're a grizzled veteran of church life. And you don't have to be a pastor to benefit. I highly recommend church boards and key lay leadership read 5 Ministry Killers. Kudos to my friend, Dr. Charles Stone, for a well-written, well-researched, and well-lived book.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
This little easy-to-read book details the struggles and trials of the pastors in our churches, with research statistics collected through the Barna Group from over 1,900 pastors and 1,000 non-pastors. The real eye opener for me is the struggle of pastor's wives and their loneliness in the family, in the church and the congregation. This book has given me a whole new perspective on the life of a pastor and his family. I have a new respect for the people who feel the call of God on their lives and obey. Not only does this book cover the five categories of frustration experienced by pastors, but it also provides a way that can help pastors sustain and renew their passion for ministry. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to gain insight into the lives of their pastor and his family, and also for anyone currently in ministry who needs a fresh look at their life's calling.