The book was ahead of its time. Now it’s more relevant than ever before!
New extended edition with a constructive proposal on how to share the load and move towards a transformational church.
Published 20 years ago based on extensive research, this book raised many issues about church leader burnout and abuse. However, this has resulted in little systemic change.
Now, after the Royal Commission into child abuse, the book has gained more relevance than ever before. This version looks at the issues the current church is facing from sexual abuse, poor relationships and loneliness to the challenges of implementing ethical codes in light of the Royal Commission.
But the book doesn’t stop there. The second part of the book outlines how churches can seize this opportunity to move towards a transformational church and share the load of pastors, a church built on reciprocal relationships that transform lives and impact communities.
Hard to be Holy answers many questions about the current church crisis and gives hope to the many wanting to move forward to a transformational church and community-based support.
‘At last, an utterly honest book which recognises that the church is in crisis, and its pastors too... The authors’ skills as interviewers are abundantly revealed in the sympathetic rapport they achieve with their subjects. This is an important book full of fruitful encouragement to take risks for God.’
James Murray, Religious affairs editor – The Australian