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Overview Wayne Cordeiro found himself paralyzed by burnout. He had been in ministry for 30 years, and 10 years after founding what is now the largest church in Hawaii, he found himself depleted. Wayne took a season out of his growing ministry to recharge and refocus on the truly important. He was able to get back in touch with his life, get back in proper balance, and re-energize his spirit through Christ in a way that propelled him forward to greater levels of service. Wayne first gave this message at a recent Willow Creek Leadership Summit, where it was the highest-rated presentation by those in attendance.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2009
Publisher Bethany House
ISBN 0764203509 ISBN13 9780764203503
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More About Wayne Cordeiro
WAYNE CORDEIRO is senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, HI, one of the nation's fastest-growing churches. He has planted churches all over the world, including in the United States, Europe and Japan. A popular musician with six albums, Wayne is also the author of several books, including Doing Church as a Team, Attitudes that Attract Success, Rising Above and The Dream Releasers. He and his wife, Anna, live in Hawaii with their three children.
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Pastors, Seminarians - READ THIS BOOK Apr 23, 2010
"80 percent believe that pastoral ministry affects their families negatively. 33 percent say that being in ministry is an outright hazard to their family. 75 percent report they've had a significant stress-related crisis at least once in their ministry. 50 percent feel unable to meet the needs of the job.
90 percent feel they're inadequately trained to cope with ministry demands. * 25 percent of pastors' wives see their husband's work schedule as a source of conflict. * Those in ministry are equally likely to have their marriage end in divorce as general church members. * The clergy has the second highest divorce rate among all professions. * 80 percent of pastors say they have insufficient time with their spouse. * 56 percent of pastors' wives say that they have no close friends. * 45 percent of pastors' wives say the greatest danger to them and their family is physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual burnout. * 52 percent of pastors say they and their spouses believe that being in pastoral ministry is hazardous to their family's well-being and health. * 45.5 percent of pastors say that they've experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry. * 70 percent do not have someone they consider a close friend."
Such are the statistics which Wayne Cordeiro quotes near the beginning of his book. Statistics which are both, simultaneously frightening and not surprising. Pastoral ministry is a privilege, honor and a blessing, but it is also tough. It is demanding. And, unless ministers are wise and aware, it can destroy us, and our families.
Cordeiro himself came close to being destroyed by ministry. His own journey through burnout, depression and `leading on empty' is the foundation of this book.
Cordeiro has produced a book that should be on the book shelf of every seminary student and pastor. Knowing how to manage yourself and the demands of ministry is so important. Knowing what God has called you to do and to live intentionally in that calling; willing to delegate and assign tasks that others can do and when to take time out, and away, to be with God and to seek him. What are your priorities in the limited hours of a day and how you must make time for family and yourself.
There is some wonderful wisdom in this book; wisdom we as ministers should chew on:.
"A leader's greatest asset is not necessarily time. It is energy. A person with energy can accomplish more in four hours than another would in four days."
"[My] Number One [priority] Is My Daily Devotions."
"Steward your energy well, and in seasons of dismay, you will still have enough of a reservoir to lead."
"Healthy marriages require intentionality and planned investment. So will your waistline, your family, your ministry, your faith, and your emotional health. The Scriptures exhort us to "run in such a way that you may win" (1 Corinthians 9:24). It is not automatic."
I thoroughly recommend this work.
Great for those who think they are headed toward burnout Apr 21, 2010
This is really a journey with the author through his own situation, but he also draws on examples from others. All of these stories can easily be extrapolated to one's own situation and provide considerable benefit. It seems that a common thread is the resistance to seeking help or the denial of having a significant issue. These stories, taken together, are convincing evidence that one should seek help early for the best possible outcome.
A Life-Changing Book That I Will Re-read Apr 21, 2010
After 14 years of running my own ministry and increasing health issues from a chronic illness, I was burnt out. This book was like a cup of water (more like a barrel!) to a thirsty soul. I highlighted until my Kindle version stopped allowing me to highlight.
Then I took the author's advice to heart.
I cleaned my home office from top to bottom so my brain could think, I prayed daily about where God would take my ministry, I cut back on busy work, and started spending more quiet time with the Lord simply trying to listen.
I took a second look at my passions and the purpose for going into ministry in the first place. And in just four months I have gotten back to what my passions truly are -- -- speaking and writing. In fact, I have just completed my first book in a couple of years.
The author felt like a who understood without condemnation. His willingness to show his own weaknesses and vulnerabilities made me feel like what I was going through was normal.
Not only has his advice helped me personally, but it has made my ministry for those with chronic illness more focused so that many have benefited in the end.
This will become one of those top 10 books in my life but literally changed my life.
Some reviewers have labeled this book "unremarkable" or "not satisfying." I would have to say that if this book is considered unremarkable to you, then perhaps you are just not in that place yet where you are fully burnt out.
Decent but rather unremarkable... Apr 13, 2010
In his book "Leading on Empty," Wayne Cordeiro shares the story of his own personal burn-out, which resulted from years of very successful pastoral ministry that he pursued without adequate attention to sustainability and personal well-being. He wrote this book as a means to share what he learned over the years, especially during and after his crisis of burn-out, to help other leaders, especially pastors, to avoid the trauma that he endured. The account is very personal and very specific, written in Cordeiro's typically accessible style. Though I read it in small bits over the course of several months, it could also probably be read in one or two sittings.
The strengths of the book are its practicality and specificity. Cordeiro offers a host of practices that pastors would be well-served to embrace or at least consider to avoid the sort of crisis that knocks so many hundreds of pastors out of ministry each year. He suggests that taking care of his body through diet, exercise, and sleep was essential. He suggests that maintaining spiritual disciplines like Bible study and prayer and developing other leaders around him were essential. He suggests that being committed to rest, by establishing a daily routine including moments of respite, committing to a weekly Sabbath rest, carving out time for periodic days of renewal, and understanding the value of sabbaticals every 5-7 years, was absolutely essential to him. He speaks about the value of giving necessary time and energy to his family and of scheduling his day to give his most productive time to his most important commitments. This is all great stuff, which we would all do well to consider.
As much as I agreed with almost everything that Cordeiro said in the book, I have several critiques to offer. First and foremost, I found the sheer volume of his suggested preventative measures to burn-out to be overwhelming. I almost felt like he was saying that if we all did these 57 suggested things, then all would be well, but the complexity of what he offered was simply too much. Unless my primary focus in life was to model my life after Wayne Cordeiro, I would quickly be overwhelmed and distracted by trying to implement all that he offered. On a related note, I thought that the general tone of some of his points were far too prescriptive, rather than merely being descriptive. It's one thing to say, "Here are some things that have been helpful to me, so I'd encourage you to consider them." It's an entirely different tone (and decidedly less helpful, I think) to say, "These are the 57 very specific things that you must do if you want to avoid burn-out." Do I really need to study the Bible using Cordeiro's SOAP method to be able to meaningfully engage with the Scriptures? Do I really need to go to bed at 9:00pm and wake up at 5:00am to get a good night of sleep? Cordeiro may think so, but I'm unconvinced that these approaches are universal. My final critique is that the main points of the book seemed to be rather unoriginal, stuff that I've read from the likes of Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Sam Rima, and many others over the years. I'm glad that the book has proven to be so helpful to most of the other reviewers, but it seemed to me that I had pretty much read or heard all of it before.
Ultimately, I want to reiterate that Cordeiro's book is a quick and helpful read. If you're completely unfamiliar with the areas of self-leadership and personal sustainability in ministry, this is a decent summary of worthwhile ideas. I wish the tone had been a bit less dogmatic at points, but Cordeiro has offered a helpful addition to the pastor's library.
Leading On Empty Mar 18, 2010
This book is ideal for Christian Ministers. It deals with the topic of stress and burnout in ministry. A great book to use in a small group setting for ministers to share issues and challenges facing them in the ministry. It is filled with great wisdom and knowledge, along with the author's personal experiences in ministry, and is easily used to begin important discussions.