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

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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 sayi ...more
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Published May 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2010)
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Al Garlando
Picked this book up along with a few others recently on the subject of Pastoral Leadership. It sat on my "to read" shelf for a few weeks and I've only just picked it up.
I started reading the introduction about a Pastor called Jonathan who had problems with his Church because they didn't like his leadership style, didn't agree with his prioritisation of teaching/preaching and inevitably sacked him. Some time later the instigators that caused the division and called for his sacking admitted they h

Are you a pastor running on empty? Does the very thought of getting up and preaching one more sermon make you ill? Do you feel like your parishoners don't really know you, or your frustrations? On the other side of the spectrum, are you a church leader or even lay person, who really does NOT understand what there is about your church to frustrate your pastor?

Charles Stone, a pastor himself, has watched over the years as fellow ministers fall in the line of fire, so to speak. As they finally deci
Dave Courtney
Geared towards pastors, specifically pastors who have or are struggling in some way within their area of ministry, "Five Ministry Killers..." is a book that speaks volumes about the personal perceptions that surround and define our own unique circumstances (whatever that may be). By revealing the untold spirit that can often fuel the nature of ministry related struggles (that is, the things that "I" am frustrated with, which is more often than not centered on people not being or doing what we wo ...more
Victor Gentile
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 to send a survey to over 1,900 pastors and 1,000 non-pastors. The res
Author: Charles Stone
Publisher: Bethany House
May 2010
ISBN: 978-0764207051
Genre: Inspirational/ministry

There are five killers of a ministry, according to Dr. Charles Stone of Ginger Creek Community Church in Chicago. This pastor noticed that a great number of ministers wondered what killed their joy. What robbed them of their passion?

So, Dr. Stone began researching over 1,900 pastors and 1,000 non-pastors in partnership with The Barna Group, Life
Michelle Rayburn
According to the research included in 5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them, 80% of pastors and 84/% of their spouses are discouraged or are dealing with depression (p. 33). The author also says that Focus on the Family estimates that 1500 pastors leave their assignments each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention within their local congregations (p. 43). Those are serious statistics.

In 5 Ministry Killers, Author Charles Stone has set out to examine the statistics, to e
Everyone in ministry experiences hardships, especially pastors, but sometimes a problem can fester and actually kill...kill your ministry, that is. In his recent book entitled Five Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them Dr. harles Stone carefully explains the following five ministry "killers" as he dubs them
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
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 ...more
Byron Chesney
Very interesting and encouraging for pastors and preachers. I highly recommend this book for those that are in the ministry.
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