Every person, including pastors and church leaders, deals with hurts and hang-ups, and those hurts and hang-ups can easily turn into bad habits when stress and pressures mount. But rather than allow bad habits to form—and lead to moral failures as the stress of ministry grows—leaders have an opportunity to regain their true identities in Christ.
In this episode, Erika talks more about recovering these true identities with Irene Rollins, an author and church leader who studies human behaviors. In 2012, Rollins joined her husband in leading a church relaunch. The church grew to thousands, and from all outside appearances was quite successful. The pressures and stress in her life, marriage, and ministry mounted, ultimately leading to alcoholism. But several events, including a church merger, helped Rollins regain her identity.
Now sober for 7½ years, Rollins discusses the ways leaders can reframe their shame, experience freedom, and avoid making mistakes that can create legal challenges, hardships, and heartache for their ministries.
- “Is a Merger the Right Next Step for Your Church?” by attorney Erika C. Cole
- Episode 23: “Healthy Leaders, Healthy Churches, Reduced Legal Liability”
- Episode 17: “Pastoral Accountability for Healthy Churches”
- Reframe Your Shame, by Irene Rollins
- Download your FREE copy of The Church Attorney Legal Audit® System document checklist here.
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