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date submitted 01.02.2011
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The Christian's Guide To Getting Rid Of Your Minister

Ed Campbell

An oxymoron in the title, this book exposes the dirty tricks parishioners use to get rid of their minister.

 

Approaching the issues of ministerial and church relationships from a backwards direction, this book focuses on how to be a toxic parishioner to get rid of the minister. Funny and applicable to all church Traditions (even Catholics), educational for lay people and clergy alike, this first book of a (soon to be) two book series concentrates on how easily the ministerial relationship can be destroyed. Concentrating on identity and theological issues and power structures, it is, as one UMC minister says "too real." Enjoy!

 
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Robert Campbell wrote 1086 days ago

I have been here for awhile, but not really active. I just don't have the time to read like I did when I was serving a church. I will do my best with your book. Blessings in your work.

Ed

Ed,

How long have you been on this site? I've been only about a month or so.

I'm inviting those who know someone who cares for an invalid, ill, or older person at home to encourage them to register here and take a look at my book, Treading Water With God. I hope it will brighten their day.

God's Peace, Veronica (Ronnie)

Veronica, Caregiver wrote 1086 days ago

Ed,

How long have you been on this site? I've been only about a month or so.

I'm inviting those who know someone who cares for an invalid, ill, or older person at home to encourage them to register here and take a look at my book, Treading Water With God. I hope it will brighten their day.

God's Peace, Veronica (Ronnie)

Robert Campbell wrote 1165 days ago

I'm backing this because it needs to be said. Just over a year ago my church 'got rid' of the pastor. I wept and wept over what went on and the way people behaved. My dad was a minister who was 'got rid of' once by a vote of no confidence. Where I am now, they thought they got around everything by declaring that God never called the pastor in the first place ... and even if that was true, how he was treated cannot be justified. I often wondered if God allowed it all to show us what was in our hearts.
I couldn't help thinking of the screwtape letters as I read this!
Gill



Thank you so much for your wonderful gracious words and your testimony. I wrote this book for you and people who, like you, have seen this happen to a minister, and for the minister who has gone though this experience too. I am outside the "system" and so can talk so frankly about the problems within the church. It is not right, and it is the biggest secret in the church. The bodies of ministers are strewn everywhere. It is one of the reasons why my dad started a non-profit called "Broken Tree" as a way of helping ministers who have been hurt by churches. Blessings be with you, flower girl.

flower girl wrote 1171 days ago

I'm backing this because it needs to be said. Just over a year ago my church 'got rid' of the pastor. I wept and wept over what went on and the way people behaved. My dad was a minister who was 'got rid of' once by a vote of no confidence. Where I am now, they thought they got around everything by declaring that God never called the pastor in the first place ... and even if that was true, how he was treated cannot be justified. I often wondered if God allowed it all to show us what was in our hearts.
I couldn't help thinking of the screwtape letters as I read this!
Gill

flower girl wrote 1171 days ago

I'm backing this because it needs to be said. Just over a year ago my church 'got rid' of the pastor. I wept and wept over what went on and the way people behaved. My dad was a minister who was 'got rid of' once by a vote of no confidence. Where I am now, they thought they got around everything by declaring that God never called the pastor in the first place ... and even if that was true, how he was treated cannot be justified. I often wondered if God allowed it all to show us what was in our hearts.
I couldn't help thinking of the screwtape letters as I read this!
Gill

flower girl wrote 1171 days ago

I'm backing this because it needs to be said. Just over a year ago my church 'got rid' of the pastor. I wept and wept over what went on and the way people behaved. My dad was a minister who was 'got rid of' once by a vote of no confidence. Where I am now, they thought they got around everything by declaring that God never called the pastor in the first place ... and even if that was true, how he was treated cannot be justified. I often wondered if God allowed it all to show us what was in our hearts.
I couldn't help thinking of the screwtape letters as I read this!
Gill

SusieGulick wrote 1174 days ago

Dear Ed, I love that "this first book of a (soon to be) two book series, concentrates on how easily the ministerial relationship can be destroyed" & "identity and theological issues & power structures," "approaching the issues of ministerial and church relationships from a backward direction," as your pitch portrays. :) I love your acknowledgements, especially to your wife :) - God bless you. :) I am amazed at your statistics in your introduction of your surveys. :) WOW!! I got tears in my eyes, as I read them. ;( May our Almighty God be merciful to His ministers & take care of ALL of their every need & may He be lifted up in every area of the churches around the world :) - Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers (Matt.9:37&38/Luke 10:2). :) I'm glad you quoted the sower (Jesus) & the gifts (given through the Holy Spirit) & most important, "the cross" because "without the shedding of blood, there is no remission" Heb.9:22. :) It's great that you covered solving conflicts which should always be with agape/Chist's love. :) I'm glad that you started out chapter 5 that the minister is representing Jesus & that you went on to show how to solve problems in the church & ultimately "the denominational powers that be." Wonderful in chapter 7 that the scriptures are used for requirements/qualifications of pastors, along with the leaders. :) In ch. 8, you hit the nail on the head with "self-righteousness" being the culprit in the name of expectations, hurts, anger & control on both sides & the conclusion, that "this is God's church and not ours," & I might add, "love at all times, which cover a multitude of sins" Prov.10:10, I Pet.4:8. :) ch.9 "A Pastoral Performance Evaluation," even. :) I have now read your instructional book & have commented on it & will back it more than 24 hours when space opens on my bookshelf. :) I have also gold ******-rated it :) - could you please ****** & back my memoirs/testimony book, in return? :) I would so much appreciate it because I have been trying for almost a year to be chosen in the top 5 of the editor's desk Feb. 28 & was on 1-1-11 #4, but 2 people passed me, so I ended up #6 on Jan. 31, so need help to stay in the top 5 to be chosen February 28. :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart for our help. :) Love, Susie :) p.s. every ******-ing moves our books up authonomy's lists, as does backing more than 24 hours & the longer on our bookshelves, the more they move up :) - on your profile page in "my news," click on author's name & when their profile page comes up, scroll down & click on their book cover or title & their book will come up :) - then, over to the right, your will see, "my rating" with 6 silver ****** 's under on which click the far right * & it will turn into 6 gold ****** 's, then click "back the book," then click "me" on the top left of your screen & you'll be back on your profile page & see the book on your bookshelf :)

Robert Campbell wrote 1177 days ago

I did not upload it bold. I uploaded it in rtf. I could do it in .doc if I take out the cartoons, as I did in rtf. Was I supposed to upload it in bold? I did not see that in the instructions.

The epub format is very readable so I know it is the upload or the rtf. I will play with it a bit to get a better format if you think it would be good for me to do so. Thanks!

I used endnotes in the text instead of footnotes, but there are not much of them. That is because all of the work is mine. I did not take any of my work, ideas, or directions of the ideas in the book from other sources. They are my experiences, my stories, and those of others I have talked to. If they resemble other's ideas, then it is purely incidental. The only other source is in my introduction where I cite an article that I quoted in a sermon I gave. If that needs better notation, please set me straight. I am not quite sure what is required when an article is quoted off of a web site article, but I am sure someone will help me. Even the book cover is my design.

You are very gracious. Thank you.

SusieGulick wrote 1177 days ago

:) I will comment on your book as soon as I have read it - read & commented on 3 days later :)

lucy.leid wrote 1177 days ago

Ed, welcome to the site! I am happy to be your first comment. Good that you found the forums. It'll be a good way to navigate through the thing that is Authonomy, especially picking your bookshelf, commenting etc.
I can't say I have much expertise in the matter you write - I'm Jewish. But, professionally, your work is publishable. With a pro editor in tow, you have a good chance of selling this. My first comment though is that the formatting is hard to read here on Authonomy - did you upload in bold?
Something lacking is notes, but I believe you have those. And I believe you mean what you write, which is also a bonus. Your first chapter reminds me of a series of articles run in the National Post recently, called the 'Death of Responsibility', which were written by a Roman Catholic Priest and spoke of the lack of responsibility taken by an individual for his own life in secular society. While I somewhat disagreed with those articles, they were wildly popular, if only for controversy's sake. So, if anything, I can say your work is well timed and definitely has some market out there. With the right research and the right editor, you should have little problems with it.

Robert Campbell wrote 1177 days ago

The site did not allow me to submit the book with cartoons. I have a cartoon at the beginning of each chapter.

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