The elephant in the church : what you don't see can kill your ministry / Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Mary Lynn Dell.
Contributor(s): Dell, Mary Lynn [author.].Material type: BookPublisher: Nashville : Abingdon Press, Copyright date: ©2013Description: xiv, 126 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781426753213 (book pbk. / trade pbk. : alk. paper); 1426753217 (book pbk. / trade pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Pastoral theology | Psychology, Religious | Church work | Christian leadership | Church managementDDC classification: 250
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Includes bibliographical references.
Elephants -- A herd of elephants -- Stampede (or, "You have destroyed our sweet little church") -- The elephant that crushes your spirit : depression -- Wild elephants that trample and crush : a.k.a. "Dealing with problematic parishioners") -- And the elephant in the room is ... the preacher!
A church can be a dangerous place. The perils may be so obvious, they become "elephants" standing in the fellowship hall, lurking in the sanctuary, ready to spring into the pastor's study, and tromp out of the choir room. The word "elephant" stands for an obvious truth or issue that is ignored or unnamed -- a blind spot. Yet we allow elephants to occupy a large amount of space in the minds and hearts of those that tiptoe around them. Discussing common blind-spots of congregations and church leaders, the authors provide examples and illustrations for how to stop these "elephants" from ruining a ministry.