i always try to make my sunday posts about God or my chrisitan walk. this one isn't exactly along those lines, but it IS about the church.
i came across a blog yesterday asking readers to go over to the mad church disease site and take a survey. i'm usuallly up for a quick online survey but i was more interested in the title. mad church disease - what was that? one click later, i was there.
the name mad church disease is actually the name of a book being written by anne jackson. it's about church and ministry burnout. i was intrigued... very intrigued.
i don't know most of my readers well enough to know if this would be interesting to anyone, but it might be worth taking a look at. for one thing, anne is gathering information through three different surveys. if you are currently or have been working for a church (paid or volunteer), or married to someone who is currently or have been working for a church, you could help her out by filling out one of the surveys. they're short and easy.
i also found the author's bio very interesting. i'm not sure how much of her personal story will be included in the book, but she definitely has a story to tell. she also has a personal blog. again, some good reading. i encourage you to check out both sites.
reading from anne's blog has stirred up some deep emotions. i have a long and tangled history with the church. i could be sitting here as a completely different person with a completely different attitude toward the church and God. but God had something else in mind and didn't stop pursuing me. i am so glad He didn't give up on me. i can't imagine my life without Him in it.
thank you, dear Lord, for loving me in a way that i still can't fathom. thank you for the many blessings you've given me and for filling my life with joy. amen.
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