The front cover of the book was interesting, but it was the back cover that really got my attention. Actually, it was just the first sentence of the back cover.
Does working at this church interfere with your communion with Christ?
I love my ministry job. I do. I have a great job. I get to use my ministry gifts working with all age groups from nursery through senior citizens. I get to plan events and maintain programs. I get to pray with folks and counsel them and speak into their lives in a multitude of ways.
When you add the forty to eighty hours a week of ministry work to the responsibility of being a responsible church member in an active church (around 1500 active attenders at two campuses with a total of 5 services), I was spending almost my entire life in ministry.
Because balance has never been my strong point, about a year ago at this time, I was about (this) close to a complete and total breakdown.
How did I handle it? I quit just about everything but my job. And then several weeks ago, someone who didn’t even know my situation gifted me with a copy of Anne Jackson’s book, Mad Church Disease.
Before I was halfway through the book, I had bought ten copies to give away and talked my boss into buying ten copies for our ten board members. (It’s just that good!) I personally (obviously) think it should be required reading for everybody who works in ministry—from the occasional volunteer all the way up the ladder to the megachurch pastor. Seriously!
So far, I’ve given away copies to 3 senior pastors, 1 youth pastor, 1 children’s ministry director, 1 missions worker, & 1 church administrator. If you did the math, that gives me 3 more to give away and I decided I wanted to give them away to you guys!
And then, I talked to my Okie-Laskan pastor/blogger/musician friend Jason and we hatched this crazy idea of doing a book club with it. So, we’re BOTH giving away copies on our blogs and then 2 weeks from today, we’re going to start doing a chapter-by-chapter discussion of it on our blogs!
Here’s how you can get involved:
1. Win a copy on my blog. From now until next Tuesday night, you can get entries in the following ways: 1 entry per original comment on this post, 1 entry per tweet or retweet of this post, 3 entries for each time you mention this giveaway on facebook or your own website (but make sure you come back and tell me so you can get your credit!).
2. Win a copy on Jason’s blog. He’s doing his giveaway in just the same way. You can link to it HERE to double your chances.
If you don’t win one of the five copies that Jason and I are giving away, you can always pick up this lovely book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or just about any book retailer. Then, meet us back here TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY to begin the discussion.
Ready? Set? GO!