Quotes From The Emotionally Healthy Church Book

I recently read Peter Scazzero’s book, The Emotionally Healthy Church. A different perspective for leaders in the church. Relying fully on God, becoming more vulnerable. No human is a machine that can perfectly minister without emotion, weariness, and weakness. As we rely on God to fill us and make us whole, we’re able to see that God uses our weaknesses in a mighty way!

Here’s a prayer from the book:

I asked God for strength that I might achieve, I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do great things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power when I was young that I might have the praise of men; but was given weakness that I might feel the need for God. asked for all things that I might enjoy life;

I was given life that I might enjoy all things – got nothing that I asked for, But everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all people, most richly blessed.


“It is not possible for a Christian to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”

“It takes work, energy, inconvenience, time, courage, solitude, and a solid understanding of the grace of God in the gospel to grow in Christlikeness.”

I learned that leadership is not always being the strong one; instead, it is being the weak one who is made strong by God alone.

“When I attempt to exercise control and power…I have strayed from the embrace of the Father.”

“The great fruit of choosing the unpopular, countercultural path of brokenness and weakness is that people will be drawn to us, just as they were drawn to Jesus.”

“Jesus apparently joyfully embraced the limits given him by his Father in heaven.”

“Understanding the gift of limits enables us to affirm self-care. It is one of the great challenges for those who serve others.”

“Christian leaders all too often allow themselves to be disrespected.”

“Forgiveness is not a quick process.”

“The psalms can be divided into three types: orientation, disorientation, and reorientation.”

“God invaded our planet and forever changed it. God became incarnate.”

“It became difficult to distinguish between loving people for who they are versus using them for how they could join with the mission.”

“Jesus listened. He was present, never in a rush or distracted.”

“I learned that emotional health and spiritual maturity cannot be separated, that maturity is about love and character, not gifts or knowledge.”

“I stopped waiting on the Lord for a growing church and started to simply wait on the Lord for him alone.”

“Like Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, each of us must somehow fashion a “desert” in the midst of our lives to cultivate our personal relationship with Jesus.”

“Work for God that is not nourished by a deep interior life with God will eventually be contaminated.”

“We forget the biblical principle: as goes the leader’s marriage, so goes the church.”

“The most important focus is not to change your church, but to allow Christ to change you.”

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