The Elephant in the Church

The Elephant in the Church

by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Mary Lynn Dell


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The Elephant in the Church by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Mary Lynn Dell

A church can be a dangerous place. The perils may be so obvious, they become “elephants” standing in the fellowship hall, lurking in the sanctuary, ready to spring into the pastor’s study, and tromp out of the choir room. The word “elephant” stands for an obvious truth or issue that is ignored or unnamed—a blind spot. Yet we allow elephants to occupy a large amount of space in the minds and hearts of those that tiptoe around them. Discussing common blind-spots of congregations and church leaders, the authors provide examples and illustrations for how to stop these "elephants" from ruining a ministry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426753213
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Dr.Theol.,is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and Professor of Pastoral Care at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.She is ordained in the PCUSA.

Mary Lynn Dell, MD, DMin, is Director of Psychosomatic Medicine, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Nationwide Children's Medical Center and the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; Dr. Dell is ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church USA.

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