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

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Ministry breakdowns don't "just happen." Usually problems such as burnout, ineffectiveness, and moral failures are preceded by a complex mix of internal and external factors such as a leader's unaddressed need for relational intimacy, a misunderstanding of God's call, unrealistic expectations, or inadequate resources. This interactive guidebook equips you to predict and prevent such pitfalls. 224 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Title: Preventing Ministry Failure: A ShepherdCare Guide for Pastors, Ministers and Other Caregivers
By: Michael Todd Wilson, Brad Hoffmann
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
ISBN: 0830834443
ISBN-13: 9780830834440
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Great ministers don't just happen. Great falls from ministry don't just happen either. A complex mix of factors both internal and external test the limits of your ability to minister wholeheartedly over the long haul. Senior pastor Brad Hoffmann and licensed professional counselor Michael Todd Wilson work with pastors removed from their place of service. The common experiences of these pastors revealed patterns that consistently contributed to burnout, ineffectiveness and moral failure. If such patterns can be predicted, the authors reasoned, can they be prevented? Preventing Ministry Failure is a personal guidebook for pastors and other caregivers to prepare them to withstand common pressures and to flourish in the ministry God has called them to. Work through the exercises and reflections individually or in conversation with your peers, and you'll find yourself better equipped for the challenges of vocational ministry, and more conscious of the presence of God leading you on and restoring your soul.

Author Bio

Michael Todd Wilson is a licensed professional counselor and cofounder of ShepherdCare. He is the coauthor of Soul Virgins: Redefining Single Sexuality (Baker Books).


Brad Hoffmann is senior pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, and cofounder of ShepherdCare.

Editorial Reviews

Highly recommended for not only those who are Christian leaders, but also for those who have that aspiration.

-- M. G. Paregian, The Paregian Information and Referral Directory, July 2009

Wilson and Hoffmann give pastors a practical plan they can apply to their lives. Ministers can adopt these action points as they work toward healthy and happy marriages and families while serving in minstry for a lifetime.

-- Wayde Goodall, enrichment, Winter 2009

Drawing upon years of experience in counseling pastoral leaders, Michael Todd Wilson and Brad Hoffman offer their insights to those facing challenges in ministry. Preventing Ministry Failure is a workbook for Christian leaders providing practical advice to pastors who are experieincing trials - or simply hoping to avoid them. As they discuss topics ranging from intimacy and stress management to establshing proper boundaries and dealing with transitions, scarecly any aspect of ministry is left unmentioned. Each section is filled with helpful questions for reflection.

-- David Rogers, Ministry Today, (ministrytodaymag.com), October 2008

This book is from the heart of two men who care deeply about the ministry and those who minister. Application is practical. I recommend that pastors use this practical tool to do an "inventory check" on their lives and perform some preventative maintenance before they find themselves in the throes of a failed ministry.

-- Douglas Brown, SharperIron Book Reviews, May 15, 2008

. . .a great encouragement to those in vocational Christian service. The self-care measures in this book should go a long way in helping Christian minstry workers care for themselves.

-- The Baptist Bulletin, March/April 2008

"Pastors need relationships with other pastors. It's that simple. This book provides a great resource for a small group of pastors to go through together. The material focuses on seven common precursors to ministry failure, including lack of meaningful relationships, inadequate stress-management skills, and underdeveloped leadership skills. Besides being ideal for small groups of ministers (or church staff members), it's also a nice guide for a more experienced pastor to go through with a novice pastor in a mentoring session."

-- Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox

"Drawing upon years of experience in counseling pastoral leaders, Michael Todd Wilson and Brad Hoffman offer their insights to those facing challenges in ministry. . . . [S]carcely any aspect of ministry is left unmentioned. Each section is filled with helpful questions for reflection."

-- Ministry Today, November/December 2007

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