Emotionally healthy church Article review

Emotionally healthy church Article review.

#133916726

Topic:

The Emotionally Healthy Church

Type of paper:

Creative writing

Discipline:

Religion / Theology : Religion

Format or citation style:

Chicago / Turabian

Pages: 3 (900 words)

Deadline: 8hrs (strict)

The papers must comply with the current Turabian writing style, be 2–3 double-spaced pages per book, and include 2–3 citations using footnotes.

Each paper will consist of 2 parts. In the first half of the paper, discuss at least 4 concepts, principles, or insights from the text(s). The second half will then explain the application and implementation of the first section in your personal and corporate ministry settings. Special emphasis must be given to transferring the elements to the corporate setting. Follow the prompts in the grading rubric.

Use the book:  Scazzero, Peter. The Emotionally Healthy Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.

Emotionally healthy church

Introduction

In the book Emotional healthy church authored by Peter Scazzero, emotional health and spiritual health are portrayed as inseparable. Peter Scazzero being a pastor in a multiethnic church in New York City, shows how he came face to face with the reality of how emotional brokenness of every member of the congregation including himself had to be addressed in discipleship. This is through his imbalanced spirituality combined with the spiritual busyness of the ministry that led him to discover that he had not let Jesus into the core of him. His remarkable honesty provides the basis for this book as he advocates the new strategy for discipleship. In this paper, discussions will entail the concepts, insights and principles of the book and it will contain implementations and explanation of how it can be applied into one’s personal and corporate ministry work.

Principles from the book.

Christians tend to focus on physical, spiritual and intellectual sides of one being. We bury our emotions instead of recognizing and learning how to deal with them. Peter Scazzerro addresses this issues as he talks about his pastoral journey.[1] He points out that outcomes and decision making are often impacted by what lies beneath the surface of a person. Scazerro outlines the need of a leader leading a humbling and an exemplarily life through the journey of spiritual and emotional formation.[2][3] This is done by one looking beneath the surface, identifying what one feels inside, being willing to explore previously unknown or unacceptable parts of oneself and allowing Christ to transform oneself fully. Breaking the power of the past this is through how one solves a conflict in a clear, respectful and direct way and not how one might have learned while growing up in family, such as painful turndowns. Thanking God on how the past experiences uniquely shaped them.

One has to often admit being on the wrong and being ready to ask forgiveness from others this is living in brokenness and vulnerability. Acknowledging of ones limits as a human being. This is through recognizing the different situations where am unique and where my God given personality can be of help. Openly admitting losses and disappointments and reflecting on how one is feeling rather than pretending that something is wrong. This embraces grieving and losses. The books presents the nuts and bolts of how emotional maturity is attained.

Making incarnation one’s model for loving well. Incarnation in this context means being willing to enter another person world. This enables one to enter into other people’s world and feelings, connecting with them deeply and even taking the time to imagine what it feels like to live in their shoes. Not losing one’s hold when in another person’s world is vital. Thus one has to make loving a priority this is through learning to give validation to the feelings and other people’s perspective even if they do not concurs with what you agree with.

Slowing down and leading with integrity. One has to spend sufficient time with God in order to sustain his or her calling. This is through regularly taking 24 hour period each week for Sabbath keeping. It is achieved by stopping what one does normally to rest, to delight and contemplate about God. One has to stop being afraid of asking difficult, uncomfortable to oneself or to others when needed. Leadership cannot be divide into secular or sacred categories. Planning function or executions of leadership are as meaningful as prayer and preparing of sermons.

Application in ministerial setting

            The concepts discussed in the book they are applicable in both personal and corporate ministerial settings. [4]The core of human experience is made up of emotional and relational maturity which current discipleship models do not address. Prayer and bible study should be supplemented by a new model based on Jesus’s life. The church being an instrument in showing His love to the world it is also one of God’s tool to in developing emotional and spiritual maturity in His people. Thus integrating emotional maturity into discipleship is the key in meeting God’s purpose for the church and to a reflection of His unfailing love.

            One cannot be spiritually mature while on the other hand emotional immature.[5] Jesus life is a model of how his followers and minister should live. This is through the realization that Jesus did not push His emotional life aside as He was at the same time human, dealing with spiritual, social and emotional aspects of His life. One has to shed the old in the growing of becoming more like Christ. Maturity in Christ must include emotional health. In reality God created us as emotional beings. In reality any spiritual growth that does not acknowledge this fact is bound to fail. Peter’s approach to approach to emotional health is valuable to anyone in ministry. He deals with reality that we all have limits, emotional brokenness forms a part of us in one way or another, at one point we are faced with pain and grief. Ignorance of such hard facts of human beings over simple religious platitudes at the end lead to no comfort or change or help to us.

Reference

Peter Scazzero. “Emotionally healthy church”, Nov (2009); Leaders book summaries

Peter and Geri Scazzero, “Emotionally healthy realationships workbook” (2009)


[1] Peter Scazzero. “Emotionally healthy church”, Nov (2009); Leaders book summaries

[2] Ibid

[4] Peter Scazzero. “Emotionally healthy church”, Nov (2009); Leaders book summaries

[5] Peter and Geri Scazzero, “Emotionally healthy 9”(2009)

Browse more products here

Order Here

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.