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New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York, had it all: powerful teaching, dynamic ministries, an impressive growth rate, and a vision to do great works for God. Things looked good - but beneath the surface, circumstances were more than just brewing. They were about to boil over, forcing Peter Scazzero to confront needs in his church and himself that went deeper than he'd ever imagined. What he learned about the vital link between emotional health, relational depth, and spiritual maturity can shed new light on painful problems in your own church.
In this revised and expanded edition of his Gold Medallion Award-winning book, Scazzero shares refreshing new insights and a different and challenging slant on what it takes to lead your congregation to wholeness and maturity in Christ. Our churches are in trouble, says Scazzero.
They are filled with people who are:
- unsure how to biblically integrate anger, sadness, and other emotions
- defensive, incapable of revealing their weaknesses
- threatened by or intolerant of different viewpoints
- zealous about ministering at church but blind to their spouses' loneliness at home
- so involved in "serving" that they fail to take care of themselves
- prone to withdraw from conflict rather than resolve it
- look beneath the surface of problems
- break the power of past wounds, failures, sins, and circumstances
- live a life of brokenness and vulnerability
- recognize and honor personal limitations and boundaries
- embrace grief and loss
- make incarnation your model to love others
- slow down to lead with integrity
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Peter Scazzero is the founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a teaching pastor/pastor at large. He is the author of two best-selling booksThe Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the author of The EHS Course and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day. Pete and his wife, Geri, are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. They have four lovely daughters. For more information, visit emotionallyhealthy.org, or connect with Pete on Twitter @petescazzero.
Warren Bird (PhD, Fordham University) serves as a primary researcher and writer for Leadership Network and has more than ten years of church staff and of seminary teaching experience. He has collaboratively written twenty books, all on subjects of church health or church innovation. Warren and his wife live just outside of New York City.
klg_xnSo. NEAge: 55-65Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5excellentMay 5, 2016klg_xnSo. NEAge: 55-65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I need to mature emotionally. This book is excellent.
dennydAurora, OntarioAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Getting Your Church Healthy AgainAugust 28, 2015dennydAurora, OntarioAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I recommend this book to any church whose vision and mission are not in line with its reality. I also recommend that the congregation (as a whole) study this book together and have open discussions about how they can improve the emotional health of their church through working to heal hurting and damaged relationships; by using small groups to form lasting Christian relationships, and improving spirituality, both personally and corporately as the family of God.
pcjwhiteWashington DCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent read..September 19, 2012pcjwhiteWashington DCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5You will see yourself in this book! The writer was very transparent and his info was helpful to all in our study group.
This book is highly recommended.
AllenColumbus, MSAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Inward ReflectionMarch 16, 2012AllenColumbus, MSAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm a lay-minister but I also have a full time job working with people who are hurting and kids looking for a future in sports. The common trend is how to relate to them all. This book has allowed me to see my faults (which is trying to do too much) and evaluating my feelings and ideas (my history and all that has made me the person now). One of the greatest points in the book is seeing a man admit to mistakes and not give up but find ways to make a success from failure.
I appreciate seeing someone who revealed their failures and how he used his greatest weaknesses to become his greatest strengths.
Peter had a tempter but Jesus cooled his tongue; Paul was blinded by truth and tradition, but Jesus peeled off the cover to reveal the true fruit. We all have issues but how can we overcome them?
If you want great fruit, here is a great vine! Understand that the principle of this vine comes from a tree that is connected to God's tree of truth and knowledge.
The author relates to everything God and not himself, I love the book for when a man can show his humility with the love of Christ, then that is a great book for me. No doubt a great book for me and hopefully many others.
May God bless you and remember the Bible gives us the answers we need, but sometimes he sends a great writer that can gives us clarity to what he wants us to understand. Amen, to the Holy Spirit.
AnnekeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 3, 2011AnnekeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book is a great read! Good encouragement to Christian leaders in any ministry.