Mar 22, 2010

5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them by Charles Stone (Review)

The following is from the author's website

Has your dream of making a difference for God brought more frustration than happiness? Are you suffering from pastoral burnout or depression? Do you wonder if it’s time to move on--or out? Have you recently searched for openings in other churches? Thought about selling insurance? Getting your Realtor’s license?

Every church is different, and your situation is unique, but common threads of pastoral frustration and burnout lurk in every church. Using unpublished, commissioned research from the Barna Group, LifeWay and Christianity Today, Pastor Charles Stone uses his thirty years in the ministry to identify five potent killers in pastors’ lives:

* A head-in-the-sand mentality that denies problems
* Emotional investment in the wrong issues
* Unhealthy responses to ministry frustrations
* A lone ranger attitude that says “God and I can handle this”
* Attitudes and actions that lead to lonely, hurting spouses

Regain the hope and enthusiasm you once had for ministry! In 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them, Charles will...

* Show how to defeat obstacles with the potential to kill your ministry
* Illustrate healthy ways to respond to depression, burnout and aggravating issues
* Minimize the draining effects ministry places on you and your family (with a chapter on a Pastor's wife’s challenges written by my wife, Sherryl)
* 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, we can experience healing and renewed joy in service to Christ, our families and our churches.


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.

My rating - 5 out of 5

Note: This review was done by my husband Dick.

Thank you to Glass Road Public Relations for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Pub. Date: May 01, 2010
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover, 224pp
ISBN-13: 9780764207051
ISBN: 0764207059

1 comment:

  1. Is it possible the reason "Burnout" is such
    a problem for **today's** "Pastor/Leader" is
    they have found themselves with a
    "Title" and "Position" NOT found in the Bible?

    Did anyone have the “Title” “pastor” in the Bible?
    Was anyone ordained a “pastor” in the Bible?
    Any congregations “led” and “taught” by a “pastor” in the Bible?

    And every “pastor” I’ve met also had
    the “Title” “Reverend.”

    Does anyone have the “Title” Reverend in the Bible?

    Jesus taught “His Disciples”
    NOT to be called “Master/Leader”
    For you have “ONE” “Master/Leader” The Christ.
    Mat 23:8-10 KJV

    Ezekiel 14:1-7, speaks about "Idols of the Heart,"
    and now God will speak to us according to
    the "Idols of our Heart."

    Has that “Title” “Pastor/Leader” become an “Idol?”

    In my experience...

    Titles become Idols.
    Pastors become Masters.

    Heavy weights on shoulders NOT easy to lay down.

    And other sheep I have,
    which are not of this fold:
    them also I must bring,
    and they shall “hear my voice;”
    and there shall be "ONE" fold,
    and "ONE" shepherd.
    John 10:16

    One Fold - One Shepherd - One Voice.
    If Not Now, When?

    Be blessed in your search for Truth... Jesus.