You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges by Albert N. Martin and published by Christian Focus Publications.
It happens little by little... Even in the context of a very faithful ministry, a pastor may be at risk of a gradual-but ultimately debilitating-downfall. Al Martin speaks from years of experience as he guides pastors to identify warning signs of dangerous paths:
* Backsliding-a spiritual decline manifested first in the prayer closet.
* Burnout-erosion of one's mental, emotional, psychological, and physical resiliency and buoyancy.
* Washout-the loss of credibility among the people.
With sympathetic counsel, Martin probes into the life of a minister, addressing symptoms, causes and cures for these conditions. For some, these pages may prove corrective and restorative. For others, them may prove preventive.