Thousands of ministers burn out every year; others fall prey to sexual temptation. With piercing honesty, Leaders that Last dismantles stale stereotypes about pastors and offers hope for handling their recurring, daily struggles. Co-authored by a minister who admits to struggling with periodic bouts of depression, this practical resource offers a hopeful message for pastors of every denomination.
Serving a church is a lonely business no matter how big the congregation. A pastor is expected to be nearly perfect, modeling holiness, generosity, and kindness. In need of moral and emotional support, pastors often try to go it alone, satisfied with a collection of acquaintances but no true friends.
Starting a Pastors in Covenant support group changes all that. Struggling leaders can throw each other a lifeline when they agree to communicate with caring and candor. Geared primarily for those in ministry, Leaders that Last is an important message from two authors who understand the difficulties that come with ministering 24-7 . . . with no Sundays off.
Gary Kinnaman is the senior pastor of Word of Grace Church in Mesa, Arizona, which has more than 7000 active members. He has written seven books, including How to Overcome the Darkness. Kinnaman credits co-author Alfred Ells with saving his life and ministry through his honest, caring support during a time of serious personal depression. Ells, the author of seven books, including One-Way Relationships, is founder and director of ClergyCare, a non-profit counseling organization for ministry leaders.