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Mea Culpa: Learning from Mistakes in the Ministry (Practical Sheperding)

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From the Foreword by Brian Croft: Kyle McClellan has gone into a church "with guns blazing" and he was quickly fired. He has experienced the disappointment of unmet expectations and left because of this. He has pastored a destructive church that chewed him up and spat him out. He has felt the pull of the bigger and better church trying to woo him away. He has faced the bur ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Christian Focus (first published January 13th 2015)
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Ryan Linkous
Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
A good book for young, hard-headed pastors to read. Even though it's anecdotal, the anecdotes are ones I'm sure many pastors will be able to identify with.

I was particularly struck by his comments on ecclesiology affecting one's ability to pastor a church. He touched on some Baptist distinctives that I also have reservations about.

Also, as a younger millennial pastor reading this book, some of his concerns seem to be more centered around Generation X style of church: the machismo, church plantin
Dan Sudfeld
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
My best one-word description of this book would be "raw." I'm a pastor. This book is written by a pastor, to pastors. The subtitle is what makes this raw. The writer chronicles his mistakes. But through those mistakes, he also gives warnings and prescriptions. This book gave me a much-needed self-examination. Very helpful. ...more
Jon Pentecost
Not what I thought it was from the title. Much less focus on actual mistakes or ways he treated his congregations. Much more focused on character and lessons about the nature of ministry he learned through the humbling season of going from seminary "golden boy" to pastor churches didn't want.

The writing of the book is very raw, but genuine. Given his own process, this is a book much more aimed at (and I think useful for) someone beginning to pursue full-time ministry (eg seminary student). Most
Will Turner
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it
A short, but helpful book. If I had read it at another time in my life I am not sure it would have been helpful. But it was what I needed to read at this time. It was helpful in clarifying some things. Two things in particular: the importance of preaching ministry for my own soul (p. 48) and the value of developing a definition of preaching (78). That is what I am working on now. Something I need to do to clarify the importance, purpose, and process of preaching. Also helpful: the importance of ...more
Samuel Parkinson
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ministry
This is an honest, open, from-the-heart little book on common mistakes in ministry. It comes very much from the author's experience and his willingness to share his mistakes is very helpful.
Nonetheless, there are better books that deal with these issues. The problems mentioned are real ones, but the book does not help you see your own heart, or how you personally might struggle with them, nor really offer much help in how to change or learn. It doesn't even spend much time showing how each prob
William Brannon
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book by or about a pastor or pastoring: Mea Culpa is an incredibly helpful book for long as you understand what you are reading. There are multiple things you WON'T find in Mea Culpa: a lot of "war stories" or background on McClellan's previous churches, detailed wrestling/explanation of biblical texts, an overview of pastoral life or ministry. Instead, you will find: an easy to read book that feels like sitting across from a pastor at a coffee shop, a lot of practical insight, an ...more
Guilherme Nunes
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um bom livro!

Lição um: Muita teologia não vencerá um coração pecaminoso e egoísta quando você é um pastor.

Lição dois: O que Wendell Berry pode nos ensinar sobre lugar.

Lição três: O mito dos surtos proféticos.

Lição quatro: A importância da amizade autêntica no ministério.

Lição cinco: Jesus deseja que eu exercite a força.

Lição seis: Encontre o seu modo de pregar — não o de outra pessoa

Lição sete: Viva em autenticidade e piedade.

Lição oito: Tentando não ser um desastre como marido e pai

Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book that provides insights into the mistakes and failings of one pastor in the early years of his ministry. This book will help a new pastor avoid the pitfalls that often plague the early years of ministry and it will reinforce good practices for the seasoned minister.
David Cowpar
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honest and insightful look into pastoral ministry and learning from mistakes. Really easy to read and I really enjoyed it and have learned a lot in a way that felt more like listening to short stories than sitting in a classroom.
Daniel Henderson
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. All young pastors should read this book.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes it's really helpful to know an author. In this case, that's true. Kyle is open, transparent, vulnerable, honest, a little "cheeky" and deeply committed to ministry. His writing reflects all of that. Coming out of a series of "failed" ministries, Kyle shares his lessons and offers practical advice of what might have redeemed those situations.

Not as personally revealing as I expected when I heard the description of the book, I was pleased to see that enough detail was given to know why t
Mayowa Adebiyi
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really good, very clear and practical. Same aim as Tripp's dangerous calling, even refers to it a few times. ...more
Scott Guillory
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this for green pastors and those in vocational ministry.
Brad Merchant
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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