Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Why Your Pastor Left, New Release by Christopher D. Schmitz

Nine of ten ministers know three or more peers who've been forced out of pastoral positions; a third of all pastors serve congregations who either fired the previous minister or actively forced their resignation; and at any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. 

American church decline has reached epidemic proportions and in the last century, church influence has waned nearly 60%. Pastoral attrition is either an indicator of that problem or a central part of it. Why Your Pastor Left presents detailed statistics and identifies the top ten “Ministry Killers” that cause pastoral stress and eventual “burnout.” *** Moments after our pastor exited the building that afternoon in 2008, most of the congregation sat in shock. A tiny—but powerful minority wore victorious smiles, at the ministers ousting. 

The lady to my left wept. Her pleading question kept me awake all night. “Why did our pastor have to leave?” I also wanted answers, and began to research the problems ministers face; this book is filled with those discoveries.



Amazon ReviewData, research, and stories about American pastoral decline. Nine of ten ministers know three or more peers who've been forced out of pastoral positions; a third of all pastors serve congregations who either fired the previous minister or actively forced their resignation; and at any given time, 75% of pastors in America want to quit. American church decline has reached epidemic proportions and in the last century, church influence has waned nearly 60%. Pastoral attrition is either an indicator of that problem or a central part of it. Why Your Pastor Left presents detailed statistics and identifies the top ten “Ministry Killers” that cause pastoral stress and eventual “burnout.” *** Moments after our pastor exited the building that afternoon in 2008, most of the congregation sat in shock. A tiny—but powerful minority wore victorious smiles, at the ministers ousting. The lady to my left wept. Her pleading question kept me awake all night. “Why did our pastor have to leave?” I also wanted answers, and began to research the problems ministers face; this book is filled with those discoveries.


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Christopher D Schmitz is an author of fiction and nonfiction as well as a regular blogger. As a veteran youth worker who works with "at risk teens," he has been with Youth For Christ since 2012.

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Education: Schmitz attained a Biblical Studies degree and a Youth Ministry minor from Trinity Bible College in 2003 and went on to gain a Masters of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014. 
Other: he is generally known as a decent guitarist and played/sang in a rock band for several years. Schmitz is also a bagpipe player and has been known to pop up in random places and play them.
Currently Working On:
John in the John (a daily devo--first in a series--meant to be left in the bathroom) 
Fear in a Land Without Shadows (a Christian horror/apocalyptic sci-fi), an untitled nonfiction book about Christian responsibility vs stumbling blocks 
Editing a re-release of my Christian fantasy book series (The Kakos Realm) which is very much a Game of Thrones meets evangelical Christianity

List of Current Books Published:
Why Your Pastor Left
Dekker's Dozen: The Last Watchmen
The Kakos Realm: Grinden Proselyte (out of print)
Dekker's Dozen: A Waxing Arbolean Moon
Burning the God of Thunder
Shadows of a Superhero
The Last Black Eye of Antigo Vale
The TGSPGoSSP 2-Part Trilogy
Piano of the Damned

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