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Overview The Dark Side of a Pastor's Life - A Breath of Fresh Air Are you tired of pretending? Living walled up? Going only skin deep? Craig Groeschel , pastor of the thriving LifeChurch.tv, sure was. And in his refreshingly raw and real book, he comes clean. Not that he has anything other than typical, human stuff to confess. Check out a few of his musings: I have to work hard to stay sexually pure, I hate prayer meetings, sometimes I doubt God , and I can't stand a lot of Christians . Through his incredible honesty, he opens the door for you to follow suit. Are you ready to dig deep and let God shine through the genuine you? No more living just to please others. No more hiding. You can be who God called you to be. You can live for an audience of One.
Publishers Description The Dark Side of a Pastor’s Life—A Breath of Fresh Air
Are you tired of pretending? Living walled up? Going only skin deep? Craig Groeschel , pastor of the thriving LifeChurch.tv, sure was. And in his refreshingly raw and real book, he comes clean. Not that he has anything other than typical, human stuff to confess. Check out a few of his musings: I have to work hard to stay sexually pure, I hate prayer meetings, sometimes I doubt God , and I can’t stand a lot of Christians . Through his incredible honesty, he opens the door for you to follow suit. Are you ready to dig deep and let God shine through the genuine you? No more living just to please others. No more hiding. You can be who God called you to be. You can live for an audience of One.
Is the real you getting lost
because the fake you is just so annoyingly
“Stepping onto the platform to preach that morning, I admitted to myself that I was not a pastor first, but a regular, scared, insecure, everyday guy whose life had been changed by Jesus. And if Jesus really loved me as I was (I knew He did), then why should I go on trying to be someone I wasn’t?”
Why do we fake it so much? Why do we spend so much time trying to please everyone else and make so little effort trying to please God? When Craig Groeschel asked himself those questions, he couldn’t come up with a good answer. So one day he decided to drop the act and start getting real. With that one choice, his life began to change in a big way. And yours can too. Craig’s passionate, funny, warts-and-all confessions—and the lessons he learned from them—will help you find your own path to authentic living and a deeper relationship with God (you know He’s on to you anyway!).
Story Behind the Book
“For too many years my life had been a show—my lines well rehearsed and every performance polished. By college, I played so many different roles I lost track of the real me. I began to wonder if there was a real me. Exhausted from playing the parts, I finally took off the masks—and met a God who loved me unconditionally. Confessions of a Pastor reveals in graphic detail my inner struggles, questions, doubts, and fears—to inspire others to abandon lives of pretending—and to meet the authentic love of God like never before.” — Craig Groeschel Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, one of the country’s first multi-campus churches, with thirty-seven weekly worship experiences at nine locations. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in the Edmond, Oklahoma, area where LifeChurch.tv began in 1996. Craig and Amy’s passion, to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ, is the driving force behind his down-to-earth teaching that touches thousands of people weekly. Craig earned his BA in marketing from Oklahoma City University and his MDiv from Phillips Theological Seminary.
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Craig Groeschel (born December 2, 1967) is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv which is considered the largest church in the United States and has fifteen locations in five states. He is married with six children and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where LifeChurch.tv is based.
Groeschel was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in southern Oklahoma, attending Ardmore High School. After high school, he attended Oklahoma City University on an athletic scholarship and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Shortly thereafter, he met his wife Amy and the two married in 1991. That same year, Groeschel entered the ministry as an associate pastor in the United Methodist Church. He attended Phillips Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and earned a Master of Divinity degree. He was an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City during the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.
In 1996, Groeschel and a handful of people started Life Covenant Church in a two-car garage. He later told Business Week that he started the process by performing market research of non-churchgoers and designed his church in response to what he learned. Groeschel’s non-traditional style was successful and attendance of Life Covenant grew rapidly, eventually evolving to become (as of April 2013) the second largest church in the United States with fifteen LifeChurch.tv campuses. Groeschel began using video to deliver some of sermons, when his fourth child was born in 2001 and he was unavailable for the Sunday service, discovering that the videos were popular with his churchgoers. In 2006 he set up a website called Mysecret.tv as a place for people to confess anonymously on the Internet. Groeschel also began delivering his services to the Second Life virtual world on Easter Sunday 2007.
LifeChurch.tv was named America’s Most Innovative Church by Outreach Magazine in 2007 and 2008. LifeChurch.tv innovations include its free resource library with sermons, transcripts, videos, artwork, and a digerati team that develops free software like ChurchOnlinePlatform.com and YouVersion the Bible app, which has been downloaded over 100 million times.
He is the author of several books including Soul Detox, Weird, The Christian Atheist and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
SPANISH BIO: Craig Groeschel es pastor fundador y pastor principal de LifeChurch.tv. LifeChurch.tv es una de las principales iglesias del pais ubicada en varias localidades con mas de ocho cultos de adoracion semanales congregados en doce localidades, incluyendo un campus en linea. LifeChurch.tv reunio a mas de 2.000 iglesias para participar por espacio de un mes en una serie denominada Una Oracion.
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Craig Groeschel gets it Dec 3, 2008
"Confessions of a Pastor" is quite the read. It requires reflection and self-examination while providing loads of laughs. These are not things that are often brough together! Craig does a very good job in breaking down walls of the "holier-than-thou" typical preacher talk. Craig gives concrete examples of how he has failed in his walk with Christ and what he has done to mend his failures.
Craig proves that neither he nor anyone else is perfect. Once that is belief is established you realize that no one is so screwed up that they can not fix their life.
The world has quite the cast of religous leaders. However, there are few who seem as approachable and as "real" as Craig Groeschel. I know that sounds like an odd comment about a man who is the lead pastor of a mega-chruch. However to me Craig Groeshcel seems like a guy who could not only be my buddy, but a friend who would help make me a better person and Christ follower. Craig Groeschel simply gets it... and I am very happy that he does.
PS - If you have never gone to Lifechurch.tv - please go - All of Craig's sermons are available to watch (for free of course). Go before and after you read this book since his sermons makes a great companion to what he has written.
Good book for those who are struggling with Christianity Oct 7, 2008
I picked up this book because because of the cover. If you look really hard, the bubble above the guy's head says "I can't stand a lot of Christians...." I bought the book that day. It wasn't written as well as I would have liked, but it's not a horrible read.
Groeschel divides his book into chapters titled with his confessions. Some of the more amusing: "I Can't Stand a Lot of Christians," "I Hate Prayer Meetings," and "I Stink at Handling Criticism." But he also discloses on more personal topics, such as staying sexually pure, doubting God, and feeling lonely.
If there is one criticism of this book, it's that Groeschel occasionally launches into five steps to this and four warnings about that. But he does so without sounding like a motivational speaker, so it doesn't ruin the book.
The purpose of this book is to show that pastors are not super Christians. They struggle with the same things that regular people do all the time. Groeschel tells about some of the disciplines that he has developed to combat his weaknesses, and one can learn from reading about them.
good book Apr 13, 2008
The Author/Pastor gets real about life and ministry. It's a good book, I recommend it.
great book! Sep 10, 2007
great book....Craig is hilarious, if you are in ministry or thinking about it this should be the book for you. Craig is really real and open and helps you with a lot of your own ministry issues.
Wake-Up Call for Church Leaders May 19, 2007
I was looking for a book to use in my introductory pastoral counselling course. The kind of book I needed was one that would challenge students to be in touch with humanity. One that would help them be authentic people who could have the empathy needed for counselling. I certianly found that in this book and so much more... it ended up challenging me and doing more good for me than I expected. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It's so down-to-earth and practical. The author is talking to the reader as to a friend. It's a definite book for church leaders today!