Wouldn’t it be incredibly sad to have a booming, Jesus-exalting community and world transforming church, and yet be emotionally unhealthy and miserable?
Since the launch of Transformation Church on February 7, 2010, Jesus has blessed us in amazing ways.
- Our staff has grown from 3 to 27.
- Over 1,200 people have come to faith.
- Hundreds of people are in Transformation Groups and being discipled.
- We’ve adopted 3 public schools.
- We’ve outgrown our current facility — twice — and we’re looking at other facility opportunities to keep up with our growth.
- Nearly 1,000 people are being developed and discipled as they serve on TC ministry teams.
In the midst of this exceptional growth, it’s easy to “focus on the ministry” instead of “focusing on Jesus’ ministry in and to me.”
When we” focus on the ministry” at the exclusion of “focusing on Jesus’ ministry in and to us,” we become emotionally unhealthy. The work we do for God begins to kill the work He does in us.
Veteran pastor, Dr. Pete Scazzero, in his excellent book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, wrote about the top 10 symptoms of emotionally healthy spirituality:
USING GOD TO RUN AWAY FROM GOD
- “When I do God’s work to satisfy me, not Him.” pg. 25
- “When I exaggerate my accomplishments for God to subtly compete with other pastors or churches.” pg. 25 (I see this on Twitter all the time and have done it myself.)
- “When I hide behind God talk, deflecting any spotlight on my inner cracks and becoming defensive about my failures.” pg. 25
IGNORING THE EMOTIONS OF ANGER, SADNESS, AND FEAR
- Our feelings follow our thoughts. Why are we thinking in such a way that results in feelings of resentment, inadequacy, anger, and depression?
- If we don’t allow Jesus to deal with these negative emotions, these negative emotions will deal with us and those we lead.
DYING TO THE WRONG THINGS
- Pastor, what do you enjoy outside of ministry?
- Pastor, are you having fun in life?
- Do you enjoy your marriage and family?
- Do you have friends?