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What Pastors Wish Church Members Knew: Understanding the Needs, Fears, and Challenges of Church Leaders Today [Hardcover]

By Denise George (Author)
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Based on anonymous and candid research interviews and surveys of a national cross-section of pastors, this book gives you a realistic glimpse into the inner world of today?s pastors. Reading about their joys, hurts, and pressures can enable you to better understand and minister to your pastor and his family. Here?s must reading for church members.

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Pastors face a nearly impossible position Even happy, healthy pastors struggle with pressures, pains, and fears unique to their position. If pastors were given an opportunity to speak honestly, openly, and anonymously about themselves, their families, and their churches, what would they say? What Pastors Wish Church Members Knew provides that opportunity. Based on anonymous and honest interviews and surveys, a national cross-section of hundreds of pastors speak out about their personal life, faith, health, wife, children, finances, greatest joys, frustrations, disappointments, greatest fears, and dreams. And you ll learn how you can better help and encourage your pastor. This is insightful and encouraging reading for anyone who cares about the future of the church. This is a companion to the book What Women Wish Pastors Knew."

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What Pastors Wish Church Members Knew
Helping People Understand and Appreciate Their Leaders
By Denise George

Binding: Hardcover, Jacketed
Page Count: 176
Dimensions: 5.8 wide x 8.8 high x 0.7 deep in. | 147 wide x 223 high x deep 17 mm
Weight: 0.715 lb | 324 gms

Pastors face a nearly impossible position! Even happy, healthy pastors struggle with pressures, pains, and fears unique to their position. If pastors were given an opportunity to speak honestly, openly, and anonymously about themselves, their families, and their churches, what would they say?

What Pastors Wish Church Members Knew provides that opportunity. Based on anonymous and honest interviews and surveys, a national cross-section of hundreds of pastors speak out about their personal life, faith, health, wife, children, finances, greatest joys, frustrations, disappointments, greatest fears, and dreams. And you'll learn how you can better help and encourage your pastor. This is insightful and encouraging reading for anyone who cares about the future of the church. This is a companion to the book What Women Wish Pastors Knew.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Zondervan
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 10, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310283957  
ISBN13  9780310283959  
UPC  025986283957  


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More About Denise George


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Denise George is an internationally popular writer and speaker best known for creative Biblical application. Denise is married to Dr. Timothy George, executive editor of Christianity Today and founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

Denise George currently resides in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama.

Denise George has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of Baptist Classics (Numbered)


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A Must Read for Every Church Member  Dec 17, 2009
This is a must read for every church member. It shows Pastors for who they are and what they are facing. It will open your eyes to how you can support your pastor, provide for him and his family and how to make sure he stays on the job.
 
Can This Really Happen  May 1, 2009
This was a quick read. I was interested in knowing what do preachers want church members to know. This might seem odd since I am a minister, but I was curious. The book is mostly a compilation of various quotes from ministers in America. The author performed a huge survey of ministers in various denominations. The book does picture a true outlook of some of the concerns of preachers in churches, though the book does picture the average preacher as a bit whinny. The book makes some afford to avoid this image, but nevertheless it is present. This is because often the minister is not allowed to complain. It is usually interpreted as a sign of weakness. The book touches on family life, money issues, anxiety, difficult members, and the fear of being fired. The book would be eye opening to members in a congregation, but mostly the book could be read or summarized for the majority of people in a few pages. You do not have to read every quote to get the point. Personally, in my ministry, I have stopped trying to explain to members some of the issues that I face. There is usually little understanding of the issues. This is why a strong preacher friend network is important. I do not understand what a accountant does, so why would he understand what I do.
 
Things church members should know  Feb 28, 2009
Marvelous illustrations here. And obviously words straight from the
preachers' mouths on how life is affecting them in their peculiar
situations. I learned a lot in a short while.

One thing was indelibly impressed on me: that we are so far removed from
their personal lives, we know little (and probably for that reason,
sometimes express seeming disinterest). Theirs is a fishbowl existence while at the same time they face many of the challenges those of us in the pews are facing. We forget that they are human with material, emotional and other needs like ours, too.

This book puts it in perspective. It's a good reminder that we need to reacquaint ourselves with the personal sides of our pastors -- to see their hurts, their dreams, their responsibilities, their pressures -- from a realistic standpoint.

Denise George has done thorough research and those who read her book, I predict, will be blessed. And so surely will their pastors.

--Jim Cox
 

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