What Christian Leaders Wish Their People Knew But Are Afraid to Tell Them

rrChristian leaders must be willing to take off their masks and the Sunday-morning professionalism and share the real needs of the ministry and its leadership. More Christians need to be trained how to support ministry leaders. That’s the reason for the book, “What In Hell…Is Going On?” – it will help your ministry know the truth about what’s going on behind the scenes, even if your leaders are hesitant to talk about the spiritual attacks he or she is experiencing.

Admittedly, this is difficult to do. One leader noted that when he began to open up and let his ministry team know what he was really battling, he was criticized. The naïve members of his ministry didn’t want to hear that they were a burden to him. They effectively said, “We don’t want to know you are human”. (Kids don’t usually like to acknowledge their parents are people too until they have children of their own.) Yet this is absolutely necessary if we are going to bring God’s people to maturity.

We cannot expect to reach a lost and dying generation by pretending things are better than they are. If Christian leaders are getting shot to pieces by their own troops, then we better say something about it. If leaders will honestly and candidly share what the real battles of the ministry are (at least to their leaders), I believe they will find a larger army of sensitive, well-informed soldiers ready and willing to lift their hands, even as Aaron and Hur supported the hands of Moses (Exodus 17:10-12). Don’t you think it is time for a candid conversation like this in every Christian ministry organization in America? I hope that you do. With a little more than a 100 pages this resource blows the lid off the secrecy and dysfunction in our ministries. Here is the Table of Contents.

1. Why This Book is Necessary

2. The Hats a Christian Leader Wears

3. Welcome to Your Leader’s Life

4. The Power of Critical Words

5. The Leader and Sin in the Camp

6. Criticized by Cross-less Christians

7. “Cains” in the Congregation

8. Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t

9. Weekly Issues Do Affect Your Leader

10. Ten Things to Help Your Ministry

11. A Word to Ministry Leaders

12. Where Do We Go From Here?

The Strategic Purpose for this Book

First, it is a specific tool to help grow up the people of God, by having an adult conversation about the realities of the Christian ministry as it is played out in the local church, home group, jail ministry, homeless ministry, mission organization etc.

Second, it gives Christian leaders and the people in their ministries a tool to initiate this adult conversation with their core leaders, facilitated by someone outside their ministry. If the material is too heavy for some to digest, they can always eat the fish and spit out the bones. At least the conversation will have started.

Third, it exposes demonic strategies hidden in the local ministry, so God’s people can exercise their dominion over Satan instead of over each other.

Fourth, it may provide new insight about differences in ministry gifting and governmental adjustments that can be made in order to reduce the number of disagreements the devil uses to hide behind as he hinders the flow of the Holy Spirit in the organization.

Fifth, it reveals the sin nature operating among religious people and thus the need for all believers to let the cross of Christ have its deeper work in our lives.

Excerpt fromWhat In Hell… Is Going On?”

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2 comments

  1. I grew up in the church, putting ministers and pastors on pedestals because I never once recalled ever hearing any transparency from the pulpit. (In all fairness, there may have been some I do not remember; I did my fair share of “not paying attention”.) But it is safe to say that the common response to the “how are you” question was “fine” or “good”; to respond any other way meant you weren’t performing at 100% or there was something wrong with you. And Christians were “perfect”. But I remember going back to church, after a time of backsliding, and hearing a Pastor (who I could tell was genuinely happy and doing well in life) talk about how he used to be an alcoholic. I thought #1) He’s happy and I’m not – I am a Christian, so what gives? #2) He’s a Pastor and used to be an ALCOHOLIC? I thought Pastors were BORN PASTORS! (Made men and women!) It gave me hope that God could change me because for some weird reason you put ministers, pastors, or other people “on a pedestal” and think they #1 they are perfect #2 they were born that way. Neither are true. And if you believe that, you will never draw near to the same God they do to grow from glory to glory; you will say,”I am not them” it has nothing to do with that because God doesn’t have favorites. It has everything to do with God. Good topic!!! We need to be transparent; we are basically testifying to God’s goodness in our lives and what He can do for others!

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