Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pastors - I Am Currently Reading...

9 PM. I am sitting in our family room. I'm on page 80 of When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse, by Chuck DeGroat.

It is really good. (You'll find out, for example, why *church planters are consistently the most narcissistic among pastors.)

And I sit here thinking, pastors need to read this book. For themselves. I am mostly reading this one for my own well-being. 

So, here it is!

* "Nowhere have I seen the narcissism-shame dynamic more pronounced than among church planters, some of whom have become megachurch pastors. Some church planting assessments I’ve seen practically invite narcissistic leadership. My work in this area as a therapist, pastor, consultant, psychological assessor, and professor over many years persuades me that the narcissism in many young men in particular is baptized as spiritual giftedness in a way that does a great disservice to them and ignores deep wells of shame and fragility lurking within." (P. 8)