When Ministry Hurts: Healing for the Wounded Leader
Pastoral ministry is not always easy. Pastors carry the burdens of their congregation as they work to minister to those who are hurting. But many times those who are hurting hurt the one who is trying to help them. Pastoral pain can also come from staff members, or in the case of a staff person, his senior pastor. This pain also extends to the families of those in ministry.
Many times those who have been wounded carry the pain with them as they continue to minister. Others turn from the ministry and look for a vocation that is less stressful.
This issue of Enrichment journal is designed to bring healing to those who have been injured in ministry. Learn how to deal with pastoral hurts from Glenn Daman, Don Detrick, Wayde I. Goodall, David Horner, T. Ray Rachels, John Setser, Les Welk, and Dale O. Wolery,
Gary R. Allen
While ministry can provide reward, joy, and fulfillment, it can also create deep wounds, pain, anger, and unforgiveness.
M. Wayne Benson With Scott Harrup
Three pastors speak candidly about their wounds and what it took to survive and heal and continue in ministry. Their shared stories prove both instructive and healing.
Some of the most destructive personal attacks pastors face do not come from a pagan, unbelieving world. More often they come from within the church.
What to do when those you have ministered to, sacrificed over, prayed and counseled with, and encouraged turn against you.
Abused associates leave their places of ministry confused, despondent, and discouraged. If you are a wounded associate, consider the following principles you can draw on to facilitate your healing.
Dale O. Wolery
It is easy for pastors to be blind to the ways they do relationships poorly and to the wounds that influence their relationship behavior.
Leslie E. Welk
If insecurity among ministers is to some extent unavoidable, the key question is: at what point does insecurity become dysfunctional?
Kent J. Ingle
Pastors bring some troubles on themselves through their failures and mistakes. Here are ten of the most common mistakes ministry leaders make and how can you avoid them.
While a pastor cannot stop all the abuse that happens in the smaller church, he can turn malicious beasts into docile sheep by following these six steps.
Wayde I. Goodall
The response of spiritual leaders of previous generations who have been misunderstood, threatened, or unjustly attacked by others gives us precedence to build on in choosing to both understand what is going on and to come out stronger.
T. Ray Rachels
A pastor’s ability to determine whether he should continue at his present place of ministry or leave will give wisdom its severest test.
Ministry wives who limp along the dark and lonely path of their husband’s moral failure share a common desire — to find healing for their broken hearts.
In Closing — Inevitable Wounds
M. Wayne Benson
Final words of encouragement for the wounded shepherd.
From the General Superintendent
George O. Wood
Unforgiveness has a high cost, but how does one proceed in forgiveness? Consider these six steps to a forgiving heart.
From the Light Side
Jack Aiken and Torry “Moose” Martin
The Greatest Challenges Of Pastoral Care
Ministry And Medical Ethics
Christina M.H. Powell
Q&A For The Pastor’s Wife
Bouncing Back From a Painful Situation
Clergy, Church & Law
Richard R. Hammar
Everything But Preaching
iuniversity: Empowering Collegians For Christ
Do You Have Room in Your Life for One More Friend?
Harvey A. Herman
Richard G. Spurling (1857–1935)
“A Theology Rooted and Grounded in Love”
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