:"I thought God had called me to plant this church. Why did we have to shut our doors after only three years?" "I was at my breaking point. Then I got the news that our nine-year-old daughter had leukemia. I...
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:"I thought God had called me to plant this church. Why did we have to shut our doors after only three years?" "I was at my breaking point. Then I got the news that our nine-year-old daughter had leukemia. I would have quit ministry forever, but I had no other employable skills." "False accusations were made against me and my family, wrecking our reputation permanently and forcing us to leave not only the church, but move out of the area." "I've served my church for the past 27 years and I've grown that church from 150 to 24 people." What do we do when we've failed? Some ministries are shipwrecked by moral failures like affairs or embezzlement. But for most of us, the sense of failure is more ordinary: disillusionment, inadequacy, declining budgets, poor decisions, opposition, depression, burnout. Many pastors are deeply broken and wounded, and we come to doubt that God has any use for us. J.R. Briggs, founder of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, knows what failure feels like. He has listened to pastors who were busted in a prostitution sting or found themselves homeless when ejected from ministry. With candid vulnerability, Briggs explores the landscape of failure, how it devastates us and how it transforms us. Without offering pat answers or quick fixes, he challenges our cultural expectations of success and gives us permission to grieve our losses. Somehow, in the midst of our pain, we are better positioned to receive the grace of healing and restoration.
JR Briggs pastors Pierced Chapel, a vibrant emergent community of twentysomethings in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His works have been published in Discipleship Journal, Rev, and Relevant Magazine. JR and his wife, Megan, live in Colorado.
Dr. Eugene H. Peterson is a pastor, scholar, author, and poet. He has written nearly thirty influential books including, Praying with the Psalms; Praying with Jesus; Reversed Thunder; Leap Over a Wall; Run with the Horses and Answering God , but he is best known for The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible.
Eugene Peterson was educated at Seattle Pacific University, New York Theological Seminary, and Johns Hopkins University, and in 1962, Peterson became founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he served for 29 years before retiring. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia retiring in 2002.
His most recent publications have been the Spiritual Theology Series including Eat this Book; Christ Dances in a Thousand Places; The Word Made Flesh; The Jesus Way and the fifth volume Practising Resurrection.
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- :introduction: The F-word
- <strong>part 1: Unlearning Success</strong>
- 1. Failure: The Trigger Of Our Biggest Fears
- 2. Success: The Golden Calf Of The American Church
- 3. Faithfulness: Redefining The Metric Of Ministry
- <strong>part 2: Learning Failure</strong>
- 4. Shame: The Swampland Of The Soul
- 5. Loneliness: The Temptation To Wear Our Masks
- 6. Wounds: Shattered Dreams, Grief And Mourning
- <strong>part 3: Embracing Failure</strong>
- 7. Wilderness: Stumbling With Jesus In The Wasteland
- 8. Recovery: The Excruciating Process Of Letting Go
- With Steve Burrell
- 9. Reentry: Learning To Reenter The Atmosphere
- With Steve Burrell
- <strong>part 4: The Way Forward</strong>
- 10. Acceptance: A Kiss From God On Our Bruises
- 11. Rhythms: Restorative Practices For The Way Forward
- Epilogue: A Different F-word: The Beautiful Mess Of Freedom
- Appendix 1: Recommended Resources
- Appendix 2: Guiding Questions For Pastors And Leaders