Mad Church Disease – The Discussion Concludes

Well, folks, it’s that time… Today is the last day of our discussion on Mad Church Disease. If you’ve any thoughts on the matter, “speak now or forever hold your peace!” And may I just say that it has been an absolute pleasure to share this journey with you!

Here’s Jason:

We’ve come to Chapter 11, the final chapter of Anne Jackson’s powerful book, Mad Church Disease.  We’ve had some amazing discussions here and at our book club’s co-host, Sarah Salter‘s blog.  Sarah and I were saying that if no one else got anything out of it, we both needed it tremendously!

As always, you may not have read the chapter in question, but don’t let that stop you from participating in the discussion.

CHAPTER 11 -Processing through Pain


Pain is a powerful indicator that something is wrong. It’s good that we feel pain because it keeps us from much more serious afflictions, but we also have to face the pain in our lives at some point.  Ministry is a road fraught with pain and heartache. 


People don’t do what they said they would do and tear you down in the process.  Situations don’t resolve like they should have.  Leaders and congregation members alike make decisions that are detrimental to themselves and many others.  No one or their actions are in a vacuum. We really are like a body—connected and intertwined.


I wish Christians were better and we didn’t hurt each other, but living in genuine community is going to be both exhilarating at times and sting other times.  Leaders and church members (no matter how mature) are human. Hopefully they are fighting hard to let the life of God shine out of them, but we all know what it’s like to fail.


Pain is inevitable (as sad as it is to say), and our expectation of it and knowing how to deal with it will keep us in the right frame of mind and away from disillusionment that wants to set in.


How do you deal with pain in a healthy, constructive way? In this limited space we should look at a few different options that are less than helpful (but way too common) and some better ways to go about these things…


(Now, this is where we hop to Jason’s site for the conclusion! That’s right, I said HOP! HOP already!)

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  1. Sorry. I’m not one of those who can say I’ve never done any of those 3 recommendations. In fact, I’ve done them more than once too. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, it happens but that doesn’t mean I don’t regret those times either. At least I have a conscience that won’t let me get away with it. I’ve been on the receiving end too and although it stung, I chose forgive the persons anyway because I’ve done the same thing.

  2. I’m not perfect but I choose to forgive those that are hurting me, love them in spite of it and move on with or without them

  3. Denise- I’m completely with you. I’ve messed up so many times, but thankfully we learn from those mistakes and hopefully we help others not make the same mistakes. As I read this chapter, I saw these things in others but even more prominently in me. I’ve done great some days and others I blew it miserably. Forgiveness is a lifestyle we have to choose daily. So glad God is faithful to forgive us when we repent to Him!

  4. Kathy- that’s all we can do! If more people would do this, we’d have much healthier churches. 🙂

  5. Sarah Salter says:

    I’ve got two major problems with forgiveness. 1 – When people hurt me, I go into denial about my feelings and say, “Oh, well, it’s okay.” Then, the actual feelings get buried and fester. 2 – Once I realize I’m harboring unforgiveness, I find it REALLY hard to forgive. Thank goodness forgiveness is a process that I don’t have to go through on my own power!

    Incidentally, for more comments, see Jason’s site at

    Thanks for sharing, y’all!

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