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Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving by [Burns, Bob, Chapman, Tasha D., Guthrie, Donald C.]
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"Burns, Guthrie and Chapman provide not only painstaking research and thought-provoking analysis in Resilient Ministry, but also even more--they provide a path forward for sustaining excellent ministry over the long haul. As a result, this book needs to be required reading not just for theological educators and judicatory and denominational officials, but also for pastors (and pastors' spouses) and lay leaders--everyone who cares about Christ, his church and his ministers. If Christ's church advances, it will only be through ministerial leaders who are resilient, committed, sustained and growing. Burns and company show us the way."--Dr. Sean Michael Lucas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

"Highly practical, spiritually substantive and rich with examples and suggestions, this book offers much-needed insight into factors that are crucial for long-term flourishing in pastoral ministry."--Christine D. Pohl, professor of Christian social ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Resilience is a trait of gifted leaders, clergy and laity alike. In this wise, insightful and intensely practical book, Burns, Chapman and Guthrie draw on extensive interviews and research to illumine traits and practices that nurture resilient ministry. Read, discuss and practice Resilient Ministry for yourself and with colleagues in community."--L. Gregory Jones, professor of theology and senior strategist in leadership education at Duke Divinity School

"Isolation, relentless demands and little nurturing result in many ministry leaders abandoning their posts. The authors have exposed much of this to the light along with a solid understanding of what is needed for pastors to thrive as faithful servants. This book is also a call to the church to care for its shepherds."--Diane Langberg, Ph.D., psychologist

"This book is accessible to both church leaders and lay Christians, and is must-reading for every believer who is willing to faithfully care for the pastors God has called to shepherd them."--Critique: A Magazine of Ransom Fellowship, 2013:3

"The content of the book certainly has the potential to help pastors to not only survive but thrive in ministry."--Ralph Gliege, MB Herald, June 1, 2013

"Any pastor and spouse will greatly benefit from a study of this material. It will confirm God's call and presence in their life and ministry, strengthen their ministry skills, and help clarify the roadmap of their ministry journey."--Gary R. Allen, Enrichment, Summer 2013

"This is a very strong 'all-in-one' resource, especially if you have not had a formal digital strategy in the past. Bourgeois's clear explanations of various tools and digital philosophies are excellent."--Paul Pastor, Leadership Journal, Spring 2013

"Resilient Ministry is a refreshingly practical book, packed with big and small suggestions for persevering and excelling in Christian ministry. . . . There is no doubt that this is a book I'll be coming back to again and again for remembering the priorities of resilient ministry"--Wes VanderLugt, Enact blog"

About the Author

Bob Burns (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is the dean of lifelong learning and associate professor of education ministries at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He is also ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as associate pastor at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship.

Tasha D. Chapman (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate dean of lifelong learning and adjunct professor of educational ministries at Covenant Seminary.

Donald C. Guthrie (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is professor of educational ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Guthrie has a broad range of past experience serving the university sphere over the years as campus minister, vice president for academics, and director of several university programs and conferences.

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  • Publisher: IVP Books (4 Mar. 2013)
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4.0 out of 5 stars How can we help ministers aim for fruitfulness? 21 Feb. 2013
By Benjamin Vineyard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Resilient Ministry (A Review)

Book by Burns, Chapman, & Guthrie

Ministry life is often idealized as a warm, simple way of life that helps others get caught up in the same as we walk in Christ together. That's at least one ideal. I bet you can imagine others.

What's been discovered is that the ideals held in ministry often clash with expectations others hold. This obviously causes friction which at times leads ministers to look for other things to do instead of traditional, church ministry.

We've been hearing alarms signaling this friction for a while now and we've been looking for ways to bring healing to it.

The book Resilient Ministry by Burns, Chapman, and Guthrie, (IVP), is going to be a helpful tool for individuals, staffs, and professional church worker groups. The book is designed to start dialog on the clash between ideals and expectations and through dialog (or personal meditation), health and restoration can take place.

Resilient Ministry begins with the great ideal-uncovering question, "What is 'excellence?'" The authors say that excellence isn't success by the standards (spoken or not) held around you, and it isn't bare faithfulness - a stick it out-ness that hopes for smoother waters. Success, they say, is fruitfulness, which they define as, "[leaders] sharing their faith and nurturing the fruit of God's grace in their own lives and in the lives of others." (p.13)

The natural, next question comes: "How do we do that and do it with vitality and resilience?"

Here, the authors target five areas they label as necessary for leadership resilience in fruitful ministry. They say ministers and leaders need to work on these items first for themselves and then for the people around them:

1.) Spiritual Formation

2.) Self-Care

3.) Emotional and Cultural Intelligence

4.) Marriage and Family

5.) Leadership and Management

The remainder of the book is a well-balanced writing of research, personable examples, and conversation provoking questions that I believe will help individuals and groups process the question of resilience and health in their ministries. This will then, as the book's thesis goes, help ministers be fruitful in the process of growing in grace.

I enjoyed reading and thinking through the questions myself. I also think that this book would fit very well in ministry peer gatherings or for church staffs. The questions alone provide excellent material to clarify ideals, expectations, and the necessities for nurturing fruitfulness.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dope Slap for the Rugged Individualist Minister 8 Sept. 2014
By JJ - Published on Amazon.com
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It is not a page turner, but is a lot more compelling than you would ever expect from a "study." I am jealous of those who are now only ten years or so into their ministries now. I like to think I would have benefited greatly from the wake-up calls and wise counsels of this book. I am having to work to let it teach this old dog new tricks for the final ten or so years of my ministry and life.
As a "Self-Help" read, I think you will need 5-10 years of ministry under you belt to appreciate it. If you are a mentor of those in their first 5-10 years(or beyond), you will find this book very helpful, perhaps invaluable.
As part a congregation, we are using this book the help us care and support our pastor.
In addition, as a mission leader, I have distributed a dozen or so copies to the experienced, yet still coming of age staff of our mission, with the word and prayer that they will still be serving 10, 20, or 30 years from now.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every pastor 30 Jan. 2014
By Clint Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine who is a denominational executive. We were discussing people that we both knew, and one of the people that came up was a person who I knew in seminary that was no longer in local church ministry. That led to a conversation about the people I went to seminary with, and a discussion about how many of them have left pastorates and leadership positions in ministry, never to return to ministry service in congregational life. It turned out, at least half of the people I studied for the ministry with are no longer in church leadership.

I share this, not in judgment, but to make the point that the work that Burns, Chapman and Guthrie have done in Resilient Ministry is important work. What these three ministers and scholars have done is engage in a five year study among ministers that helps them understand what contributes to longevity and resiliency in ministry, and what mitigates against it. What they discovered was not earth shattering, but it was deeply insightful.

Resilient Ministry, according the authors, in defined by healthy practices in five key areas. Those areas are spiritual formation, self-care, emotional and cultural intelligence, marriage and family, and leadership and management.

There is a lot of good insight to read, but this book is just as good to read in small chunks. I read little sections at a time. What formational practices sustain pastors? What to pastors who cannot endure in ministry share in common in their formational practices or lack of them? What stressors does ministry put on a marriage, and how is that addressed?

What is even more compelling are the stories and the descriptions that come directly from the study throughout the book. Some of the confessions are so raw that the reader is emotionally moved to examine their own life. Others are practical enough to be put into practice immediately after reading the quote.

I think this book deserves to be read in every seminary, and should be on every pastor's bookshelf. It has that much insight and truth into the professional and personal experience of ministry life.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For Us All 6 Mar. 2013
By Carolyn A. (Cary) Neeper - Published on Amazon.com
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In a clear, friendly voice, the authors review their extensive research with 74 pastors and identify five areas that impact their jobs as ministers, areas that go beyond surface concerns of day-to-day operations to "...probe the real issues that tear down or build up pastoral resilience." Evidence of their open-minded, in-depth approach is in their invitation to read the last chapter first, so the stories in the middle will resonate more clearly. A book for anyone, especially those professionals dealing with people, anywhere, not just in church.
5.0 out of 5 stars Church Member, Seminary Student, or Pastor - READ THIS BOOK 9 Nov. 2014
By putneycj - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book that every Christian could learn something from. It's focused on pastors, but church members could learn a lot about what their pastor goes through and how to encourage them from this book. As a seminary student who has been in ministry for several years I related all too well to what many of these pastors had to say. I would HIGHLY recommend that you, yes, you reading this review, read this book. I promise it will be worth your time.
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