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Crushed: The Perilous Side of Ministry [Paperback]

By Gary Pinion (Author)
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SUBTITLE: The Perilous Journey Called Ministry

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Churches all across this nation are in disarray. Pastors are being terminated because of an emergence of a few rebellious-religious zealot control freaks. Members are hurting and inflicting hurt on one another as well as their pastors with a dictatorial style of leadership. Why are so many pastors and churches experiencing such devastation? Why do Christians, many of whom have been raised and trained under some of the godliest pastors and churches in America, end up acting like pagans? This book is about what is going on in the ministry environment in the 21st Century. The stories and ideas in the pages ahead reflect the real experiences of real people and real circumstances living out their sometimes difficult and complicated lives in what is known as the church world. H. B. London and Neil B. Wiseman in their updated Pastors at Great Risk book Pastors at Greater Risk say, The risks in ministry are greater than ever. Pastors are working harder in a world that?'s more corrupt. They wonder why their parishioners expect them to squander energy on trivial matters when evil threatens to wreck the human race.

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Studio: 21st Century Press
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 19, 2005
Publisher   21C
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0977196429  
ISBN13  9780977196425  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Crushed?

The Truth  Dec 22, 2007
Contrary to what the recent University of Chicago found about clergy satisfaction being so unrealistically high, this book tells the real truth of how clergy are doing and what to do about it.
Great Book!  Mar 23, 2006
Crushed is the kind of book you don't enjoy reading, because it hits home and brings out the realities of things pastor have to go through. Gary has done an excellent job sharing experiences and heartaches, and even gives solutions to the problems.

Every church leader should read this book, from pastors, deacons, elders to the layman sitting in the pew!
A Good Read  Mar 21, 2006
Dr. Pinion's experiences and research come through in his book. He has pinpointed significant reasons why pastors leave the ministry. An especially good read for the lay leader in the church
This is a book every church person should read ...  Jan 20, 2006
Crushed is a book about pastors of American churches in this generation. It is filled with stunning statistics and heart wrenching stories. The author is a seasoned veteran of pastoral ministry for three decades and is now the founder/president of a ministry to people in ministry called, Encouragement Dynamics.

The prime directive of Encouragement Dynamics comes from the heart of a pastor and his wife who love other pastors and their wives now laboring in God's harvest. Gary and Georgia Pinion have dedicated themselves to care for the shepherds and their families of today's churches.

The heart of the book is wrapped around the experiences of pastors interviewed by the author who have been "crushed" by cruel circumstances and unrealized expectations. Citing from no less than three dozen published sources and from numerous personal accounts derived from correspondence, Dr. Pinion takes the reader into a quiet corner of silent sorrows and private pain. It is no wonder that he has picked up the cause to expose the crisis and encourage the survivors. It is not an easy journey to serve with a calling from on high but most are unaware of the losses incurred in the pastoral ministry until books like this confront those issues.

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