Emotionally Healthy Church Book Review

Length: 4 pages Sources: 1 Subject: Psychology Type: Book Review Paper: #14350570 Related Topics: Church, Grieving, Emotional Intelligence, Sermon
Excerpt from Book Review :

¶ … Emotionally Healthy Church is a book about the importance of emotionally intelligent church leadership. A healthy Church depends on strong leaders who can introduce the congregation to Biblical principles and serve as role models in the community. Being disconnected with the emotional side of life is an unfortunate by-product of the modern world. Genuine discipleship involves a recognition and appreciation of the emotional components of spirituality. Emotional intelligence involves more than just empathy. It involves self-awareness as a pastor or church leader, with the express goal of eliminating sin and enhancing the power of prayer.

In The Emotionally Healthy Church, Scazzero (2010) provides an overview of why emotional health is important in a church, its leadership, and in a Christian community. The author also offers an emotional and spiritual inventory that can be used for church leaders to assess their current state, which can be useful in recognizing weaknesses and making improvements. According to Scazzero (2010), there are six primary principles of an emotionally healthy church. Those principles include looking beneath the surface, breaking the power of the past, living in brokenness and vulnerability, receiving the gift of limits, embracing grieving and loss, and making incarnation the model for living well. Taken and practiced together, these six principles form a new model of discipleship.

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Looking deep inside with honesty and praying for truth, the church leader can become aware of faults and failures before they become problems. Addressing and cleaning up the garbage of the past can be helpful for new leaders seeking major transformations in their churches, especially when trying to correct the wrongdoings or errors of past preachers. Always being willing to surrender to the grace of God remains the cornerstone of an emotionally healthy church.

Reflection

Reading the first half of The Emotionally Healthy Church, was surprised at how much I could relate to the examples of ministers who had not recognized the importance of emotional intelligence in their leadership or in their personal relationships with others in the community. Our culture teaches us that emotions interfere with reason, which can be true in some cases, but that does not negate the importance of emotions in our lives. In fact, spirituality has a strong emotional component evident in the fervency of prayer and the feelings people have when walking the path of Christ.

Had I been tutored or mentored by leaders who were more emotionally competent, I might have avoided some of the problems I have encountered. For example, I have had problems expressing myself. I sometimes get frustrated when others do not understand me right away, and can be prone to anger. Instead of struggling, I could have become more attuned to my needs without sacrificing empathy for others. Until this point in my life and career, I have considered emotions as something that remains at home or kept secret or silent. Now I see how this approach of suppressing or hiding emotions can be seriously harmful to me personally, to my family, and to my community.

This book has helped me understand where I came from, where I am now, and what I can do immediately to achieve my goals. The six principles integrate emotional intelligence with the Christian worldview, showing how daily emotional encounters and experiences can be reframed with a Biblical perspective. I appreciated the way the author relates emotional intelligence to secular as well as religious issues, which helps me to introduce…

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Scazzero, P. (2010). The Emotionally Healthy Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.


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