Former Pastor Highlights A Growing Problem
When Ray Carroll fell from the ministry due to adultery over two years ago, he began reaching out to other fallen pastors for answers. He knew he had sinned, but was trying to make sense of how he had reached the point he had. His research ended with some startling discoveries that exposed weaknesses in both ministers and the church culture.
In Fallen Pastor, Finding Restoration In A Broken World, Ray identifies the common decisions and cultural issues that continuously lead to the exact same outcome: a fallen pastor. Ray highlights issues like isolation, the church as mistress, judgmentalism, and idolatry. Ray offers no justification for what happened, instead seeking understanding that leads to a Biblical response of restoration.
1,500 pastors a month leave the ministry due to moral failure, conflict or burnout. 37% confess to having inappropriate sexual contact with someone at church. There is a serious systemic problem within the modern church and Fallen Pastor exposes and addresses these issues. Ray includes the story of his own fall as well as sharing the stories of twelve other pastors.
Ray states, “I’ve witnessed firsthand the desolation left behind after a pastor falls. It can be prevented but it takes the willingness of the community of faith to come together and recognize the warning signs and issues. After my own fall, I spent a long time in shame, searching for answers until I finally found the compassion of Christ who had been with me all along. Christ invites us to take on compassion for those around us who fall.
“The stories in this book lead us to see the common traits within our church leaders as well as our churches. Too often, our ministers are in a trap of high expectations, isolation and desperation. If the trap cannot be removed, many ministers will be headed toward a fall. Looking back, I can now see the problems that surrounded my ministry before I fell. I hope that others will be able to identify them now after reading this book.”
About Ray Carroll
Ray Carroll is a certified athletic trainer, speaker and blogger (www.fallenpastor.com). He is married to Allison and has his hands full with a houseful of beautiful daughters: Abigail, Katie and Leslie. He lives in Hopkinsville, Kentucky with his heart always near his home state of Arkansas. He is a regular contributor to Provoketive Magazine and contributed an essay to The Practice of Love under his pseudonym Arthur Dimmesdale.