Should be required reading for all church members It s a shame most people won t pick up a book like this until there s a crisis It should be read to prevent one. Great informativeA must read for new minister s and all who are considering going into the ministry Encouraging and informative to new ministers Moments After Our Pastor Exited The Building That Afternoon In , Most Of The Congregation Sat In Shock A Tiny But Powerful Minority Wore Victorious Smiles, At The Ministers Ousting The Lady To My Left Wept Her Pleading Question Kept Me Awake All Night Why Did Our Pastor Have To Leave Polls Reveal Startling Statistics Regarding Pastoral Ministry % Of Ministers Know Three To Four Others Who Ve Been Forced Out Of Pastoral Positions One Third Of All Pastors Serve Congregations Who Either Fired The Previous Minister Or Actively Forced Their Resignation At Any Given Time, % Of Pastors In America Want To Quit More Than Pastors Leave Their Ministry Each Month American Church Decline Has Reached Epidemic Proportions In The Last Century It Has Waned Nearly % Pastoral Attrition Is Either An Indicator Of That Problem, Or Is Central To It Why Your Pastor Left Is Full Of Detailed Statistics And Identifies The Top Ten Ministry Killers That Cause Pastoral Stress And Eventual Burnout I listened to the Audible audio book This was a helpful resource that discusses how pastors struggle in ministry and offers encouragement and solutions so the pastor doesn t give up or leave or get sent packing. An engaging read on pastoral terminations, written with passion, truth, wounds, and all Read my full review An Unabashed Glimpse into the Fishbowl of MinistryAs a professionally trained minister without a church, I found Mr Schmitz s words to be poignant and direct, speaking to a wide range of church experiences Why Your Pastor Left isn t as much a descriptive narrative as it is a prophetic foretelling Put simply, churches NEED the principles in this book in order to help the pastor grow, which in turn helps the church Deacons, elders, Board Members , read this before you ever take office It will do nothing but help the kingdom But than informative, Mr Schmitz interlaces Biblical Biblical scholarship, hard hitting statistics, and gut wrenching anecdotes seamlessly to create a can t put it down feeling.Excellent work. Totally male viewI realized soon after beginning this book the author came from the tradition of a male pastor only church While I agree with much of his writing, the male centric view kept me from concentrating as I should. Why Your Pastor Left is full of detailed statistics and identifies the top ten Ministry Killers that cause pastoral stress and eventual burnout. OMG Why Your Pastor Left, the title of this book, sums it up Basically this is your fault, your problem, your cross to bear You have not given the poor pastor anything he needs to do his the author refers almost exclusively to male ministers job in a way that will give him the money, the respect, the honor, the recognition, etc ad infinitum, that he deserves or that he thinks he deserves I did note a few valid points by Mr Schmitz, but my feeling was that they were few and far between There was way too much self aggrandizement in this book for me and I had the feeling that if he had been my pastor I would not have to read why he left I would know we weren t good enough for him I realize that I may sound unduly harsh, but I have been married to a successful minister for than forty years That means that I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly But we handled everything together in what I hope was a graceful, Christian manner usually he did better than I did Instead of trying to find out why the minister left, focus on doing all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. This is a difficult review to write because I ve got to break it down into two parts the part where I evaluate the book on its merits as a writing and the unfair part where I get to dispute opinions, point out logical stretches and demolish untruths.As to the book s merits on its own, regardless of your opinion as to its point of view, arguments or conclusions My main observations are these 1 The title isn t an accurate representation of the book one would expect that a book about why a pastor left would include numerous detailed and fact filled tales of dissension or subterfuge There are some pages of statistics mostly 15 yrs old and a few high level hand wavey stories about why pastors have left But you won t find one beginning to end story, with all sides presented, of why a pastor left a church 2 Unfortunately the book comes across as an assortment of screeds, haphazardly agglomerated, as opposed to a story or argument with an opening, a middle supporting facts arguments anecdotes and a conclusion As such, it s extremely hard to tell where you re headed as a reader and for a good part of the book you may be wondering when the secret is going to come out 3 My notes reveal a consistent theme of poor editing to the point of distraction Not only in grammatical errors, punctuation, made up words, sentence structure but in style itself clear flow of thought, organization, and a step up from collection of manifestos or semi related anecdotes to cohesive work Six out of the ten notes I took through the book referred to a need for severe editing in one form or another.Now the leap into actual arguments with the book s tone and contents.The book begins out with some good insights but loses credibility points as the author claims to travel the country and not be able to meet any pastors as he passes through towns, as he would have in the old days I wonder what kind of hours he was traveling and how much time he gave for these pastors to return a phone call Just an odd way to begin There s also a lot of should ing that doesn t apply to all churches The book seems to take a very preachy turn at this early point Four sentences start with the word See Normal writing doesn t work that way This is condescending.About 1 4 of the way through the book the author argues that pastors are called by God, therefore, if you are opposed to what the pastor is doing, you are against God This sort of becomes a recurring theme through the book Hindering a Godly pastor s vision is the same as refusing the will of God By this logic, Godly pastors are infallible I don t buy it.There s a discussion of the pay and benefits that are due to pastors Many generic arguments I simply don t see why a pastor of a small country church or two, who perhaps works 6 8 hours a week being generous there , should be entitled to the median wage for a full time worker who attends the church Especially since that pastor has another 30 hours a week that he could be using productively Author needs to come out of the bubble and into the real world There are a LOT of people who have a calling and don t get paid a cent for it If it s truly a calling that doesn t detract from taking additional work, they should fairly be expected to pull their weight just as parishioners give freely of their time above and beyond their 40 hour a week jobs to perform acts of volunteerism for the church.A section follows on the stresses to which pastors and their families are subject The author says that he turns off his cell phone on purpose, on a schedule, so anxious Annies can t reach him Wow, how callous This reeks of bad management and worse How about training those people to manage themselves or setting up a chain of people to call first so simple issues can be dealt with at a lower level, if you have so many people you minister to that your phone is ringing off the hook Simply turning off the phone and leaving people hanging if a member of their family is dying and wants to talk to the pastor That would not fly here, this pastor would be out and rightly so.I ll end by leaping into the mud and leaving two tidbits for thought direct from the book The usual culprit behind ineffective pastors is the refusal of sheep to cooperate Or could it be the sheep are not cooperating because the pastor hasn t used effective communication and persuasion techniques to obtain buy in from the sheep as to why they SHOULD cooperate or maybe his idea is just plain bad Is there an underlying assumption that a pastor s never had a bad idea in his life No job demands as great a sacrifice as that of your pastor If this author really believes that, he should take this message, hand write it on cards, and send them to the family of every soldier, sailor, fireman and policeman in his congregation Good luck with that Unless his congregation is different than mine, he is not putting his life on the line and risking leaving his family without a father every time he goes to work.In summary, two stars, only because the book does have some redeeming value I did pick up a new point of view that I disagreed with, but that s fine and it wasn t so bad that I had to toss it in the garbage.
Christopher D Schmitz is the author of fiction and nonfiction as well as a regular blogger Following completion of his first fantasy novel in the early 2000s he began working on lots of short fiction in order to refine his craft and went on to publish many pieces from 1,000 15,000 words in a variety of genres and outlets as writing exercises Putting fiction away for a while, he pursued post grad
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