Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure
by J.R. Briggs
"If you are a minister, a former pastor, a fallen pastor or a struggling believer, Fail will encourage, strengthen, and instruct you in the freedom offered at the cross."
—Ed Stetzer, author, Subversive Kingdom
Pastor and founder of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference J.R. Briggs explores the landscape of failure, how it devastates us and how it transforms us.
The most important element of a success-faithfulness metric is whether our stories are synchronizing with God's story—and how they fit into the stories of others.
"Briggs's solution to a failure of nerve—the nerve of failure—deserves wide reading." —Read what Leonard Sweet and others are saying about Fail.
"If pastors aren't willing to deal with their own failure and brokenness appropriately, it wreaks havoc on families, friends and entire churches." -- J.R. Briggs
Visit J.R. Brigg's blog—and learn more about his ministries—here.
This is a good book, and I know of no pastors or elders or deacons who don’t need to understand what this book is about.
Michelle Van Loon
This book's content should be a part of the formation conversation at seminaries and Bible schools, where men and women are prepping for ministry success, often without much serious talk about the role their own ambitions play in their vision for service.
J.R. Briggs joined me for a live webchat to discuss: Is our Pastoral system broken, and what if anything should we do about it?"
Amber M. Stamper
Though Briggs’s primary audience is certainly the burnt-out pastors of the world, I benefitted from reading this book as well, and I would encourage other lay Christians to do the same.
Briggs doesn’t provide a “how to” or “cookie cutter” spirituality book for everyone; he simply invites us to begin with by being “honest to God” and honest with ourselves.
Part of slowing down as churches is accepting the reality that we will fail and that a better course of action than trying to avoid failure at all costs is to learn to forgive and be forgiven and to pick ourselves up after failure.