I’ve come across a new book that looks like a great read. It’s called Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure, by J. R. Briggs. According to Scot McKnight the book deals with “four basic areas of failure for pastors:
1. Mighty fall: sexual, moral failures
2. Tragic event: cancer, shocking terminations, betrayals
3. Slow leak: wearing down of the soul. Constant drips of discouragement
4. Burned out: crisis to crisis wears a pastor down. The system overheats and it burns out.”
Add to these things the other pressures faced by ministers of the gospel (expectations of success and church growth, the allure of celebrity, the constant need to produce rich Bible messages, staff demands,
etc.), and you have a real recipe for debilitating guilt and shame.
Looks like a must read.