When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse

Chuck Degroat (Author) Richard J. Mouw (Foreword by)


Why does narcissism seem to thrive in our churches? We've seen the news stories and heard the rumors. Maybe we ourselves have been hurt by a narcissistic church leader. It's easy to throw the term around and diagnose others from afar. But what is narcissism, really? And how does it infiltrate the church? Chuck DeGroat has been counseling pastors with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as those wounded by narcissistic leaders and systems, for over twenty years. He knows firsthand the devastation narcissism leaves in its wake and how insidious and painful it is. In When Narcissism Comes to Church, DeGroat takes a close look at narcissism, not only in ministry leaders but also in church systems. He offers compassion and hope for those affected by its destructive power and imparts wise counsel for churches looking to heal from its systemic effects. DeGroat also offers hope for narcissists themselves--not by any shortcut, but by the long, slow road of genuine recovery, possible only through repentance and trust in the humble gospel of Jesus.

Product Details

Price: $22.00  $19.80
Publisher: IVP
Published Date: March 17, 2020
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.9 X 8.6 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language: English
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780830841592

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About the Author

Chuck DeGroat is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and former teaching pastor of City Church San Francisco and executive director of City Church's Counseling Center.
Richard J. Mouw (PhD, University of Chicago), a renowned author and a widely traveled speaker, is professor of faith and public life at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he served as president for twenty years. He previously taught at Calvin University and the Free University in Amsterdam. Mouw has written numerous books, including Restless Faith, Adventures in Evangelical Civility, and Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport. He was awarded the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life by Princeton Theological Seminary.