Preventing Ministry Failure A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers

ISBN-10: 0830834443

ISBN-13: 9780830834440

Edition: 2007

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/11/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 265
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Michael Todd Wilson is the founder of Intentional Hearts, an organization that specializes in coaching Christian men in the recovery and pursuit of sexual integrity. He is a licensed professional counselor and sex therapist, and the coauthor of Preventing Ministry Failure and Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality. Michael Todd was co-founder of the Intimacy Counseling Center in Suwanee, Georgia and also serves as director and co-founder of ShepherdCare, a nonprofit ministry that offers support and training for ministers by promoting health and long-term effectiveness in ministry. He and his wife Tanya live in the Atlanta area.

Brad Hoffmann (D.Min., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor of Cool Spring Baptist Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and cofounder of ShepherdCare.

Before We Begin: Getting the Most from This Workbook
Introduction: Why Preventing Ministry Failure Is So Important
Ministry in America Today
Resolving the "God Complex"
The Process of Restoration: The Journey Back Home
The Seven Foundation Stones for Effective Long-Term Ministry
Intimacy: Connecting to the Heart of Successful Pastoring
What Intimacy Really Is
The Consequences of Avoiding Intimacy
Intimacy with God
Intimacy Through Close Friendships
Intimacy with Your Spouse (and What to Do if You're Single)
Practical Steps Toward Deeper Human Relationships
Finding and Growing a Few Good Same-Gender Friendships
Wrap-Up
Calling: The Power for Effectiveness in Ministry
Understanding Our Call to Ministry
Being Sure of Our Calling
Called Versus Not Called: The Negative Effects of Working Outside Our Calling
Staying Versus Leaving: Called to Remain or Move Toward a New Assignment?
Wrap-Up
Stress Management: Avoiding Ineffectiveness and Burnout
Stress: The Energy to Accomplish Our Calling
The Energy Drain of Stress Mismanagement
Are You Distressed?: Self-Evaluation Tools for the Weary
Practical Safeguards: Spiritual and Relational
Practical Safeguards: Emotional and Physical
Wrap-Up
Boundaries: Protecting What Matters Most
Personal Boundaries
Real-World Boundaries in Our Ministry Setting
Real-World Boundaries with Intimate Relationships
Real-World Boundaries with Ourselves and with God
Wrap-Up
Re-creation: The Fuel to Re-energize Ministry
Slaves to the Schedule
Common Excuses for Not Re-creating
The Three Rs of Re-creation: Rest, Recess, Renewal
Creating Our Own Re-creation Plan
Wrap-Up
People Skills: Managing Our Most Valuable Resource
Personality and Personality Theory
Active Listening: Tailored Shepherding for Our Unique Flock
Reflective Listening
Assertiveness Techniques Every Minister Can Use
Wrap-Up
Leadership Skills: Setting Ministers Apart from the Rest of the Sheep
Transformative Leadership
Dealing with Change in Ministry
Leadership Styles: What's in Your Wardrobe?
Other Ingredients for Effective Leadership
Wrap-Up
Feelings List
Christian Counseling Resources and Related Ministries
The Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory
Balanced Breathing Exercise for Relaxation
Personality Strengths Inventory
Contributors from CareGivers Forum
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