By Robert T. Henderson

Trendy pastors are in drawback, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces achieving epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson continues that there's a realm of non secular forces which pulls congregations towards dying. His answer is to energise pastors with a biblical knowing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".

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I have remembered them again and Page 30 again as I have reacted in anger or self-pity to the darkness inside the church. The words remind us that there are tenured church members who are captive to darkness. Still, I was convinced at the time that the grande dame's attack must be an aberration, an unusual case of a neurotic zealot. My illusion was scratched but still basically intact. My ordination followed. I moved into our denomination's campus ministry at a large land-grant university in the mid fifties.

2:1416). Jesus Christ is the most obvious reality in this church. His identity, teaching, life, and requirements for discipleship are most important. Jesus affects who is received into membership, who leads, how the congregation's life is formed, and where its corporate resources are focused. This church has a sense of calling that motivates it toward costly discipleship. It is dynamic but without fanfare. "Peace and joy and justice in the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 14:17) might describe its life together.

Disciple-making, Preaching, Cross-bearing 130 10. Epilogue: The Order of Shammah 147 Notes 150 The Author 159 Page 9 Preface Writing and teaching, especially on a topic such as spiritual conflict in pastoral ministry, dare not be done in a vacuum. Amid the daily stresses and opportunities of pastoral ministry, the writer-teacher needs meetings with God on emotionally real islands of Patmos (see Rev. 1). I'm not impressed by those who avoid intractable pastorates or whose charismatic personalities excite congregations briefly as they move up.

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