Ministry and Community

Recognizing, Healing, and Preventing Ministry Impairment



Ministry impairment seems to be increasingly problematic for the Church today. While the minister's personality or character is typically the focus of media attention, impairment is also influenced by organizational dynamics such as the recruitment and promotion policies of the religious organization (be it parish, religious order, or diocese) as well as its culture and structure. Ministry and Community highlights the interplay of personality dynamics and organizational dynamics for eight of the most common forms of ministry impairment and how they can be recognized, treated, and prevented.


Len Sperry, Author

Sperry, Len: - Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is a professor at Florida Atlantic University and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He consults to dioceses and religious orders and is on 10 editorial boards including Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. Among his 600+ publications are the award winning Transforming Self and Community: Revisioning Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Direction; Sex, Priestly Ministry & the Church, and Spirituality in Clinical Practice (2ed).

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