The Exploitation of “Family Ministries”

There are many able ministries available today which set out to restore Christian family life. It has become a growth industry for professional meddling, both in and out of “the church.” It seems the more they try to help, the worse it becomes. At first, I thought I was imagining this oddity. But after working in the pastoral ministry – inside the veil, so to speak – I came to realize that the clergy exploit unhappy spouses to justify their idleness. It is filled with phone calls, gossip, public appearances and delusions of grandeur.

James Wesley Stivers
Restoring the Foundations: Essays in Relational Theology (1995), page 3

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